Field Tip Details

Species898 Limnaecia phragmitella, Stainton, 1851
Taxon stageLarva
Time of yearJanuary to May
FoodplantsLesser Bulrush, Typhus angustifolia
Bulrush, Typhus latifolia
TipThe larva feeds in the heads of bulrush from September to May, secreting itself in the woolly down, where it is about as easy to find as a needle in a bundle of hay; the down itself hangs out in the spring in large conspicuous masses. [Tutt]
Rankingranking 5
Submitted byTony PrichardTip statusChecked
CreatedSat 17-Sep-2005Last updatedSat 17-Sep-2005

Photographs

898 Limnaecia phragmitella898 Limnaecia phragmitella
Larva evicted from within seed-head - Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.iii.2006) © A Prichard
Pushed out tufts on bulrush seedheads, a strong indicator of presence of larvae - Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.iii.2006) © A Prichard

Comments

Tony Prichard, UK - Sat 17-Sep-2005 00:56

I have found no problems finding this larvae in the bulrush heads in early spring.