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Prior to 2004, when larvae were found at four localities in Scotland in 2004 and 2005, the early stages of Pancalia schwarzella (Fabricius, 1798) appear to have been unknown. Since publication of that discovery in 2006 we are not aware of larvae being found elsewhere in the British Isles. During mid to late July 2008 we found larvae and adults at Braunton Burrows, Devon (VC. 4), an area of extensive sand dunes. This appears to be a rather late record of the adult, at least at a low elevation, the first county record and apparently the first record from England for over 50 years.

Descriptions are given of the early stages of Pseudatemelia josephinae (Toll, 1956), Argolamprotes micella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775), Hypatima rhomboidella (Linnaeus, 1758) and Pyrausta cingulata (Linnaeus, 1758).

An account is given of the ovum, early larval instars and foodplant, accepted by larvae in captivity, of Catoptria furcatellus (Zetterstedt, 1840) as a result of collecting two female moths in Scotland in 2009. This agrees with one published description of the ovum and larva but not with another, which was only of larvae. The possible reason for these differences is discussed. These two appear to be the only prior published descriptions of the early stages. Possible foodplants are considered including an unspecified clubmoss that has been cited in the literature.

An account is provided of the biology and larva of Choreutis diana (Hübner, 1822) based on observations resulting from visits in 2007 and 2008 to Glen Affric, East Inverness-shire (VC. 96), the only area from which it is known in the British Isles, together with the identification of two species of hymenopterous parasitoids that represent the first British records from this host.

This paper reviews the history of Elachista triseriatella Stainton, 1854, and E. cahorsensis Traugott-Olsen, 1992, in the British Isles and considers whether prior descriptions of the larva of Elachista dispunctella (sensu auctt., partim) in the British literature might be referable to E. cahorsensis and/or E. triseriatella; the larva and pupa of E. cahorsensis are described and Festuca rubra L. is recorded as a larval foodplant.

Heckford R.J.,67 Newnham Road
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2010

An account is given of larvae of Spatalistis bifasciana (Hübner, 1787) found in England between 2005 and 2008, which were feeding on the dead leaves of Fagus sylvatica L., Castanea sativa Miller, Quercus cerris L., Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl., Quercus robur L., Betula pendula Roth, Carpinus betulus L. and Prunus avium (L.). These observations are compared with those published prior to 2006, none of which suggests that the larva feeds on dead leaves and some of which give berries as pabula. It is noted that the description of the final instar set out in this paper differs considerably from the descriptions in British and continental European literature, which appear to be based on one preserved larva that is probably not Spatalistis bifasciana.

Syncopacma captivella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854) is reported new to Spain from Cantabria, reared from a previously unrecorded foodplant.

Caryocolum peregrinella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854) is reported new to Spain from Asturias and Cantabria, a larval description is given and two foodplants are identified.

This paper records Phereoeca lodli Vives, 2001, from a second Spanish province, which appears to be only the fifth Spanish locality, illustrates the adults of both sexes and the female genitalia, and gives some information on the biology, which is poorly known in the genus.

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