12: TINEIDAE AND 54: BURNETS

54.008 Six-spot Burnets, Tag Loop, July 17th 06. Nectaring on knapweed, a field observation. My only other record away from this site is of one at Copley meadow on July 30th 2012.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet larvae and cocoon, Tag Loop, May 17th 2011. Vast armies of burnet moth larvae ascend any available vegetation at this time of year to spin their papery cocoons.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet  larva, Tag Loop, May 17th 2011. This one's in the process of spinning up prior to pupation. 

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet cocoons, Tag Loop, May 17th 2011. The larvae are so numerous there are often multiple cocoons per stem.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, a mating pair, Tag Loop, June 27th 06. Not surprisingly with the large number of males on the wing, the females are often mated with soon after emerging from their cocoons. 

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot BurnetTag Loop, July 1st 05. A field observation nectaring on Red Clover.
 

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) mine and case on Hart's Tongue Fern, Skircoat Green, Feb.26th 09. The case from which the larva sometimes feeds is made with the sporangia from the frond affording it excellent camouflage.


12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) feeding case, empty pupal case and newly emerged adult, Mar.28th 09. One of two adults reared from the mines as above. Not only a first for me but Yorkshire as well, I'm sure this moth will become more commonly recorded as the species spreads northwards. The mines were found growing out of a mortared garden wall on the side of a busy main road.


12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora), Mar.28th 09. Reared from the mines pictured above.


12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) mines and larvae on Hart's Tong Fern, the garden, Feb.278th 2016. Seven years after my first record half a mile away it has now colonised the garden - albeit on the only fern present. The larvae leave their cases to feed freely within the mine; they can also be transferred to new mines on a fresher leaf when necessary.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) larva being transferred from the leaf above to a fresher one.

12.048 Fern Smut (Psychoides filicivora) pupa reared from the above larva. The diagnostic tornal spot is clearly visible.

12.006 Silver-barred Clothes Moth (Infurcitinea argentimaculella) found on the outside of my dining room window sill on July 13th 2018. A daytime capture. I've given it a good looking at under the microscope and keyed it down to Tineidae per Sterling and Parsons micro guide (who knew their palps had protruding bristles!). I think it must therefore be of this species. 





12.014 Gold-speckled Clothes Moth (Nemaxera betulinella), Bankhouse wood, July 23rd 09. Captured by day. Small and very well camouflaged among the bark of oak. 
 A quote from Tutt's "Practical hints for the field lepidopterist" sums up my experience perfectly "A very careful search must be made to detect the moth as  it sits in the fissures of the bark where it is easily passed for an uneveness in the bark or a piece of lichen". 
This is my only record.

12.036  Skin Moth, Apr.29th 09. One of a couple of dozen reared from around 10 old bird's nests supplied to me by Nick Carter of the Halifax birdwatchers club on Mar.23rd 09. The emerged moths soon began to pair up in their rearing (Kerbside) box.

12.032 Fulvous Clothes Moth (Tinea semifulvella), Bankhouse wood, June 27th 2010. One of two netted at dusk that summer.

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