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54.002 Forester Adscita statices (Linnaeus, 1758)
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larvae in mines

Food Plant: Rumex acetosa (Sorrel), Rumex acetosella (Sheep's Sorrel)

Eggs: laid in batches

Mine: July-May

Notes: Initially forms very small Coleophora-like fleck mines. Frass is in a central line. Several larvae may mine a leaf (as shown with reared larvae. It is likely that this will occur at lower density in the wild). It then leaves the mine and window feeds on the leaves. A local species in the UK found in damp meadows, downland, sandhills and in the rides and clearings of woodland.

Bradley No: 163

Data: 24.vi.2015, Braithwaite Moss, Cumbria, VC70

Image:© Stuart Colgate

Tordoff GM (2022) - Larval ecology of the Forester Adscita statices (L., 1758) (Lep.: Zygaenidae) at a site in Glamorgan, South Wales - Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 134(3); 137-142

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