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David Shenton
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50 not out
A few more early stage searches over the weekend, around home and Barham Downs/Higham Park, has brought my year list to 50 species, my quickest half century ever. And I still haven’t recorded a few January ‘bankers’ yet either… The quest has certainly been ...

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What the zell
Two hours of very productive leaf mine and early stage searching at Sandwich Bay Bird Obs last week (27th Nov) yielded almost 60 species. Two obvious highlights, both on Salix repens: Stigmella zelleriella and Phyllonorycter quinqueguttella

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Flippin' Ec
...or, recent success with mines of a couple of rare/uncommon Ectoedemia species in East Kent. A few weeks ago, was very fortunate to find a single tenanted mine of Ectoedemia arcuatella on Fragaria vesca , Spinney Wood, Aylesham, East Kent. Apparently onl...

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A hole lot of miners
Sometimes the holes left behind by leaf miners can identify the species responsible. Been finding plenty of these over the weekend...all on Birch.  Phylloporia bistrigella   Heliozela hammoniella  Incurvaria pectinea (cut outs plus 4 aborted mines)

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Rare Lyon alive and well in East Kent: Lyonetia prunifoliella
Been on tenterhooks all week, fingers crossed that this moth would emerge... But rewinding a week or so, just beyond my garden I found an unusual mine on Blackthorn ( Prunus spinosa ) whilst I was actually collecting Parornix mines to rear.  On rechecking t...

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Early stages: Chrysoesthia species
Chrysoesthia drurella and C. sexguttella mines on Chenopodium seem particularly plentiful this autumn, so worth checking for. I find the mines in various locations - gardens, rough ground, urban settings - so keep an eye out wherever you see the foodplant. ...

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Herding cats...
Not been blogging for ages but still very active on the Lepidoptera 'hunting'. To kick start the blog, a few larval finds from this season: Wormwood (Cucullia absinthii) Streamer (Anticlea derivata) Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis) ...

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Back with a bang; great start to peak miner season
It has been far too long since my last post but now back on the blog, just in time for peak Lep miner season. Had a very productive weekend in East Kent with over 65 species of Lep miner, a great start to the autumn miner season. This included no less than ...

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Pine-ing for this one
Miners on Pinus aren't always easy but are certainly well worth the effort. Reared this Cedestis subfasciella from mine found at Telegraph Farm, East Kent.
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