Poor old Gilbert is getting restless. Despite the fact that there is more interest in wildlife than ever before, it seems that most of the so-called conservation organisations are losing interest in species. Instead they prefer to babble on about landscape scale conservation and ecosystem services (whatever they are). Could this be because most of their staff don't have any knowledge about species if they don't have four legs?
This is my attempt to encourage an interest in good old-fashioned natural history.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New moth for West Sussex

Cosmopterix pulchrimella was first recorded in Britain in 2001 at Walditch in west Dorset. Since then it has been spreading along the coast and it has been common at Portchester in east Hampshire for several years. There are no records in West Sussex so for the last couple of years I've paid a visit to Bosham around this time of year, to look for the larval mines in Pellitory-of-the-wall. Each visit has been unsuccessful until a couple of days ago when I found half a dozen occupied mines.

The larvae will turn into a rather stunning little moth.

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