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This is where I post various musings about wildlife and ecology, observations of interesting species (often invertebrates)
and bits of research that grab my attention. As well as blogging, I undertake professional ecological & wildlife surveys
covering invertebrates, plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and some mammals, plus habitat assessment and management
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Friday 28 March 2014

After the wet (part 2)

Having recently raised a Bright-line Brown-eye moth Lacanobia oleracea from a pupa rescued from our storm-damaged fence panels, this morning I awoke to find another new arrival in the hatchery, a Brimstone moth Opisthograptis luteolata - not to be confused with the Brimstone butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni.

Brimstone moth Opisthograptis luteolata.
This species feeds on a range of shrubs and small trees - although none of its more common host plants grow in our garden, there are plenty nearby and the overlapping fence-panels must have provided effective overwintering shelter until it blew down. Adults are usually found from April to October so this one was only a few days early.

Portrait of the Brimstone moth Opisthograptis luteolata.
Empty cocoon and pupal case of Opisthograptis luteolata.The pupa was inside the cocoon which is usually a rounded elliptical/oval shape - here it is squared off and has flat sides due to being formed between flat fence panels.

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