|Cherry Fruit Moth (Argyresthia pruniella)|
The next micro-moth is what we believe to be a Cherry Fruit Moth (Argyresthia pruniella). It was found some time ago, but like the Swammerdamia caesiella, it tends to have many look-a-likes. It is in the same genus as our red friend from yesterday, the ever-perky Argyresthia albistria. Cherry Fruit Moth larvae feed on the insides of cherries, which means people with cherry trees won't like them very much. Its name comes from one of its foodplants, the cherry-plum (Prunus cerasus).
|Dark Brocade (Blepharita adusta)|
And with that, Shandy Hall is at a whopping 315 species! That's 58 new species since I've been here, and a few more that Dr. Chesmore is still helping us identify. That's great! Hopefully next year there will be another intern here to identify another several dozen moths for Shandy Hall! And here's a picture of me setting up the moth trap in the garden.
- Post by Jane Wu