|Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella)|
Last Monday's catch brought a number of moths that were new to me and it took me many hours, leafing through books and consulting the internet, to identify them all. Wednesday's catch was a bit smaller but still gave us a few different species - and a new moth to the garden.
The rest of this catch consisted of over 25 individual species, including the Light Emerald, Burnished Brass, Common Footman, and Barred Yellow among many other familiar faces. It wasn’t until Wednesday that a new guy would arrive…
|Ash Bud Moth (Prays fraxinella)|
This little one was a real menace and I spent hours upon hours trying to figure him out to no avail. He was no match for Charlie Fletcher, though, so a big thanks to Mr. Fletcher for helping us out once again! This micro is an Ash Bud Moth (Prays fraxinella), and as its name suggests it feeds on ash buds. Its scientific name also refers to its feeding habits, as fraxinella refers to the ash tree, while Prays means gentle and soft. The moth comes in different forms: a lighter patterned one and ours which is the melanic form. It is important to clarify that this moth is not one of the pests or diseases currently plaguing ash trees –those pests are beetles such as the Emerald Ash Borer, in addition to certain fungi.
|Double Square Spot (Xestia triangulum)|
Post by: Gabriella Morace [UPenn intern]