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SpeciesTaxon stageFoodplantTime of yearTipRankPhoto
View field tip details Acleris caledoniana
Apotomis sauciana
Ancylis geminana
LarvaBilberry, Vaccinium myrtillus
late March to AprilThe larvae feed in spring in the tops of the foodplant, the plants being sometimes quite blighted by the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Acleris hyemana
Imagooaks, Quercus spp.
March to AprilThe adults are sometimes to be obtained in numbers by searching the trunks of oak-trees after dark (Thurnall). [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Acleris logiana
Imagobirches, Betula spp.
mid February to early AprilAdults are to be found on birch trunks in spring; by sleeving the female on birch trees long series may be bred. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Acleris notana
Imago MarchWhen the hibernated females are taken in March they are well worth retaining for eggs, the moths appearing in July being more given to variation than those occurring in the autumnal emergence. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
LarvaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
January to MarchIn winter and early spring collect the stems of wild parsnip for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
PupaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
January to MarchThe pupae can be obtained from the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes francillana
PupaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to MarchThe pupa can be obtained in the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes williana
LarvaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to March, October to DecemberThe larva feeds in the autumn and winter in the stems, eating out the pith and filling the space with frass, still feeding on the dead stems or working back through the frass as late as April and spinning a very slight brownish cocoon in the tightly packed mass of frass in the stem, the moth emerging in June. [Tutt]
View field tip details Agonopterix assimilella
LarvaBroom, Cytisus scoparius
February to MarchBushes of the foodplant, frequently found by the rides in woods, etc., will have some of their twigs joined together by a slight web; on pulling them apart the brown larvae will be found. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Anerastia lotella
Larvasedges, Carex spp.
grasses, Gramineae
late March to AprilSearch the sand about the roots of various grasses and sedges on the sandhills near the seaside for the silken tubes in which the larvae reside. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aristotelia brizella
LarvaThrift, Armeria maritima
Common Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
February to MarchThe larvae winter in the flower-heads, changing to pupa in April (Schmid). [Meyrick notes larvae as occurring in June-July and again in September-October.] [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Aspilapteryx tringipennella
LarvaRibwort Plantain, Plantago lanceolata
late March to JuneLarvae betray their presence by causing the leaves to contract through being mined down the centre, with large bladdery mines. The larvae do not quit their mines to pupate. [Tutt]ranking 3Tip has photos
View field tip details Batia unitella
Larvaelms, Ulmus spp.
February to AprilUnder the loose bark of elm-posts and the rails by the side of fields, etc., the dirty blackish larvae may be found living under a slight web, mixed with frass and gnawed wood (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Biselachista cinereopunctella
LarvaGlaucous Sedge, Carex glauca
February to MarchThe beautiful red-spotted larva mines down the leaves in the spring, having apparently wintered in the withered tip of the leaf; it is full-fed in March and almost immediately it quits the mine it fixes itself in the angle of the leaf, and changes to a pupa. [Tutt]
View field tip details Blastodacna atra
Larvaapple, Malus spp.
February to MarchIn early spring sickly-looking buds should be pulled of apple-trees in order to obtain the larvae. The larva mines into the bud in autumn, and in winter is to be found in the alburnum of the bearing spur of the apple. [Tutt]
View field tip details Bryotropha affinis
LarvaMoss
January to March, DecemberThe larva are to be found feeding on mosses growing on walls, etc. [Tutt]
View field tip details Bucculatrix cristatella
LarvaYarrow, Achillea millefolium
March to AprilThe larvae nibble the leaves causing the bitten edges to turn brown, which betrays their presence. The beautiful ribbed whitish cocoon is spun irregularly across the front of the leaf and may be found in May. [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Capperia britanniodactyla
LarvaWood-sage, Teucrium scorodonia
January to MarchThe larvae hibernate on the underside of the leaves and have at this time the appearance of little oval tufts of whitish hair. [Tutt]
View field tip details Carcina quercana
Larvabrambles, Rubus spp.
January to MarchLook for windowing on bramble leaves, with a white silken web on underside of leaf [J Langmaid per R Edmunds]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Caryocolum tricolorella
LarvaGreater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
February to AprilLarvae should be sought in spun-together tops of the foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Caryocolum tricolorella
LarvaGreater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
late MarchSearch for topmost shoots of the foodplant being drawn together and distorted by the larvae (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Cedestis subfasciella
LarvaScots Pine, Pinus sylvestris
MarchThe shining pale-brown larva is to be found mining the leaves, it mines from the tip of the leaf downwards, leaving the mined portion full of excrement. [Tutt]
View field tip details Clavigesta sylvestrana
LarvaMaritime Pine, Pinus pinaster
Stone Pine, Pinus pinea
March to AprilThe larva feeds in the shoots. It may be detected by the pellet of frass which is ejected from the tunnel by the larva, and which remains attached outside. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylidia rupicola
LarvaHemp-agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
February to MarchOld and prostrate stems may be gathered for a supply of this species. The stems should be kept out of doors, or any larvae they contain may otherwise perish. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis atricapitana
LarvaCommon Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
February to AprilThe distorted dry stems may be collected in spring for larvae, which live thereon throughout the autumn and winter. Some spin up and pupate within the burrow; others, however, leave the stem to spin up elsewhere. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis roseana
Endothenia gentianaeana
LarvaTeasel, Dispacus fullonum
January to April, DecemberCollect the seedheads of teasel and keep in a box; you will breed plenty of the adults. [Tutt]ranking 5
View field tip details Coleophora albitarsella
LarvaGround-ivy, Glechoma hederacea
mid February to early May, OctoberExamine the foodplant carefully for leaves showing whitish blotches and search for the larval cases underneath on blotched and nearby leaves. Foodplant growing under the shelter of a bramble-bush or at the foot of a fence among grass are good places to search.ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Coleophora alticolella
Larvarushes, Juncus spp.
MarchBoggy pieces of ground, where rushes abound, should be worked for the whitish cases of this species, which are to be found mostly between the seeds at this time. [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora discordella
LarvaCommon Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
MarchThe blotches made by the larvae on the leaves are conspicuous and tell very plainly the whereabouts of the larvae (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora genistae
LarvaPetty Whin, Genista anglica
MarchWhere the foodplant grows freely traces of the work of the larvae are generally evident in March but they should be left till later for they are difficult to get through if taken too small. [Tutt]

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