With his regular visits to Brede High Wood Dave Monk has come up trumps again and discovered a moth believed to be previously unrecorded in Sussex.
Dave had quite a red letter day yesterday (May 4th) when he observed;
Hysterophora maculosana : Bluebell Conch
The adults of this moth fly in May and June and the larvae feed on the seeds in bluebell capsules
Cochylis atricapitana : Black-headed Conch
Two generations of this moth fly in May-June then again in August. The larval foodplant is ragwort. (We are still awaiting confirmation from the County Recorder for this moth).
And finally…..(Drum roll, Fanfare, Chorus-line, Fireworks)…
Believed to be previously unrecorded in East Sussex (VC14); this moth flies in May and the larval foodplant is Bramble and Raspberry.
Very nice finds Dave. Good work.
All photos © Dave Monk