Purple patch part 1

The adults of several of the Eriocraniidae can be seen by day from about now onwards. Despite being beautiful moths, critical examination is needed to separate many to species level.

The mines of these early flyers will start to appear in April, predominantly on Birch and they can be locally quite abundant.  Tenanted mines can, with care, be identified to species level, but good images are likely to be required by your CMR.

This Eriocrania unimaculella emerged yesterday, reared from a mine collected last April.

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Kent Moth Group

We had a really positive meeting of 30 East Kent Moth-ers yesterday at which we agreed to form a Kent Moth Group which will cover the whole county.  Anyone who is interested in joining the group should email mothsinkent@gmail.com.  The main agreements made at the meeting where as follows:

  • The group will meet 6 monthly
  • Karen B and Dave S to contact mothers to invite them to submit records and / or join the group
  • Karen B, Dave S and Richard O to develop a new website for the group
  • All mothers to submit records in a usable format for mapmate
  • Field trips will continue to be arranged informally
  • Information on significant species and migrants to be prioritized for the website and report
  • An electronic newsletter / report will be produced once sufficient data has been verified
  • A small group will meet monthly to oversee progress. Initially this will be Karen Bartlett, Ian and Sally Hunter, Dave Shenton, Ian Hodgson and Francis Solly
  • Close links with Kent Butterfly Conservation to be established

Latest sightings:SBBO 5/3

A few early stages found by Dave Shenton and Leonard Cooper around Sandwich Bay ahead of Saturday’s meeting:
Exoteleia dodecella mine on Pinus
Coleophora alticolella/glaucicolella case on Rush
Stigmella aurella mines on bramble
Epiphyas postvittana larva in spinning on Privet
Bucculatrix nigricomella mine on Ox-eye Daisy
Phyllonorycter leucographella mine on Pyracantha