Archive for September 23rd, 2009

23rd September 2009, Wednesday

Dog Rose Galls

Today I found three different species of gall on Dog Rose, each the result of a different species of hymenopteran gall-wasp of the family Diplolepis. This one is the familiar Robin’s pincushion (or moss gall or Bedeguar gall) caused by D.rosae.

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23rd September 2009, Wednesday

Reed Dagger

The Reed Dagger moth has become more common in recent years, but I was still surprised to see hundreds of caterpillars feeding on the leaves of Greater Reedmace yesterday. Only one caterpillar per leaf, and they may also have been enjoying the afternoon sunshine. This was along the ditch just north of the hide at Castle Water.