92 Rose Leaf Miner mines and larvae in Dog Rose, next to the towpath near Elland Bridge, Oct.11th 2010.
92 Rose Leaf Miner mines and larvae as above but back lit.
92 Rose Leaf Miner cocoons, Oct.14th 2010. Reared from the mines above. After collecting the mines the larvae soon vacated and spun up on a jam jar base. They were over wintered in the jar outdoors but the following spring two parasitic wasps emerged and nowt else!
99 Stigmella hybnerella egg cases and mines on Hawthorn, New Lane, June 16th 2011. Microscopic detail with back light showing the empty egg cases and the starts of the mines.
99 Stigmella hybnerella cocoon, June 17th 09. Reared from a mine on Hawthorn found on New Lane. A distinctive red cocoon spun on the wall of a rearing jar.
99 Stigmella hybnerella mines and larva in Hawthorn, New Lane, June 17th 09.
100 Stigmella oxyacanthella mine and larva in Hawthorn, New Lane, Sept.24th 09. Coiled frass turning reddish brown, larva green and an autumn generation only.
103 Stigmella nylandriella, two mines in Rowan, North Dean, July 2nd 09.
111 Stigmella microtheriella, Aug.2nd 09. Reared from a mine on Hazel on Arthur's plot, Skircoat Green allotments. Eight adults reared from 12 mines that summer was an incredibly good success rate, well, for me at least. At 1.9mm in length this is the smallest moth I've photographed to date.
112 Stigmella luteella mine and larva in Silver Birch, North Dean wood, Oct.13th 09. Note the contorted start to the mine and the green gut line of the larva. The number of features to aid the identification of mines seems endless.
116 Stigmella lapponica mine and larva in Silver Birch, North Dean wood, June 10th 2011. Note the cloudy green frass in the first third of the mine. It then suddenly turns black, presumably coinciding with a change of larval instar.
116 Stigmella lapponica, North Dean wood, Apr.16th 2011. Disturbed and captured from Silver Birch by day. A typically small stigmella species with a wingspan of around 5-7mm. Thanks to Harry Beaumont for identifying it.
117 Stigmella confusella, four mines in Silver Birch, North Dean wood, Oct.18th 2010. A similar mine to S.lapponica but the frass line is narrow and black throughout.