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SpeciesTaxon stageFoodplantTime of yearTipRankPhoto
View field tip details Red Sword-grass
Sword-grass
Imago April to MayThe adults come to sugar in April and May; May 14th for Red Sword-grass and Sword-grass on May 27th, are my latest records (Kane) [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Acanthopsyche atra
Larva late April to MayThe cases should be sought for, as the larvae leave the ground and seek some higher position for pupation. [Tutt]
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 Adela cuprella
Imagosallows and willows, Salix spp.
late April to early MayThe adults fly round the sallow blossoms. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes rutilana
LarvaJuniper, Juniperus communis
April to MayThe larva feeds in a slight web on the shoots of juniper. [Tutt]
View field tip details Agapeta zoegana
LarvaCommon Knapweed, Centaurea nigra
AprilRoots collected in April will produce adults in July. [Tutt]
View field tip details Agdistis bennetii
LarvaCommon Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
April to May, JulyThe larvae feed on the leaves. The large pieces taken out of the leaves are a good guide as to the whereabouts of the larvae. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Agdistis bennetii
LarvaCommon Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
late April to early May, JulyThe hybernated Spinx-like larva may be found at rest upon the leaves from which they fall on the slightest disturbance. It is only be searching the plants that show signs of being eaten by the larvae that one can find them. [Tutt]
View field tip details Agonopterix nanatella
LarvaCarline Thistle, Carlina vulgaris
April to MayThe larva draws the two edges of a carline thistle leaf together and feeds in the roll thus made. The white shiny surface of the leaf being exposed makes it conspicuous [Tutt]
View field tip details Agriphila inquinatella
Larvagrasses, Gramineae
late AprilThe larvae are to be found at the roots of the grasses growing in the localities the species frequents; they live in slight silken galleries spun near the roots on the surface of the soil, apparently hiding by day and feeding only at night. They pupate in May and the adults emerge in last August and early September. [Tutt]
View field tip details Alucita hexadactyla
OvaHoneysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
AprilThe eggs are laid on the flower-buds, when the corolla is about a quarter of an inch in length; the eggs are deposited in almost any part of the corolla or on the margin of the calyx, and are at first white, then yellow and lastly orange in colour; they are readily seen and easy to find on the growing heads of flower-buds of the honeysuckle, often more than one to be found on a head. [Tutt]
View field tip details Amphisbatis incongruella
Imago AprilThe adults are to be found flying in the sun over heather on Carrington Moss; none were observed unless birch trees were near (Edleston). [Tutt]
View field tip details Anacampsis populella
Larvasallows and willows, Salix spp.
late April to MayPick the rolled-up leaves of sallow for the larvae. [Tutt]
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 Aproaerema anthyllidella
LarvaKidney Vetch, Anthyllis vulneraria
AprilThe shoots should be examined; ther bleached appearance betokens the presence of this species. [Tutt]
View field tip details Argyresthia glaucinella
LarvaHorse-chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum
oaks, Quercus spp.
AprilThe larvae are to be found feeding solitarily on the sound bark of oak and horse-chestnut trres, revealing their retreats by protruding a little reddish frass from the hole (Edleston). [Tutt]
View field tip details Argyresthia goedartella
Larvabirches, Betula spp.
AprilThe trunks of birches are often covered with silk threads, and on such the larvae are to be found in great numbers burrowing into the crannies of the birches, many huddled together into very small depressions. The silk suggests that the larvae feed at the top of the tree, and only come down for pupation. [Tutt]
View field tip details Argyresthia praecocella
ImagoJuniper, Juniperus communis
mid April to late AprilWhen beaten from its foodplant, it is very loth to fly, except on calm and warm days. When such favourable conditions do not prevail, many may be secured by placing a sheet or umbrella under the bushes to be beaten. [Tutt]
View field tip details Argyresthia pygmaeella
LarvaSallow/Goat Willow, Salix caprea
Grey Sallow/Willow, Salix cinerea
late April to MayAt the end of April and during May, pick the rolled up leaves of sallow, the adults will be bred. [Tutt]
View field tip details Arygyresthia aurulentella
LarvaJuniper, Juniperus communis
mid April to late AprilThe larva mines the leaves of juniper at the end of April; it never enters the stem. [Tutt]
View field tip details Arygyresthia aurulentella
LarvaJuniper, Juniperus communis
mid April to late AprilThe larva mines the leaves, it enters the upper surface and eats out the apical portion of the parenchyma; it then leaves its excrement in the mined leaf, and proceeds to repear the process in another leaf, it never enters the stem. [Tutt]
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
AprilBy looking at the bases of the leaves that have been mined by the larvae, the pupae may be readily collected, their position being in the angle of the leaf, which it has mined as a larva. it frequents those plants that grow in the shelter of bushes. [Tutt]
View field tip details Bryotropha affinis
Bryotropha domestica
LarvaMoss
AprilThose who are not averse to early rising may now spend very profitable hours by searching the moss on old walls before the dew has evaporated. By doing so, the probabilities are that their energy will be rewarded by a good supply of larvae. These larvae are easily reared if kept in seed-pans on moist patches of their foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Bucculatrix cristatella
LarvaYarrow, Achillea millefolium
April to May, JulyThe larvae are to be found on the leaves. Care must be taken not to shake the plants or the larvae will fall to the ground, and then are not easily to be detected. Later on the most beautiful white cocoons may be found spin on the leaves and stem of the foodplant [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 Bucculatrix nigricomella
LarvaOxeye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare
AprilThe larvae are to be found mining the leaves in long galleries which they will soon quit to feed on the leaves externally. Dig up the plants and pot them; the larvae will soon spin their beautiful reticulated cocoons (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Bucculatrix nigricomella
Larva AprilIf leaves of the foodplant have small holes through them, most likely larvae will still be found on their underside, but, should larvae be absent, the beautiful white shuttle-like cocoons spun by them may be discovered attached to the plants and grass culms near at hand. The larvae hang by a thread if the leaves are in the least shaken. [Tutt]

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