Even though we were supposed to be looking into the practicalities of managing rabbits to maintain optimum sward height (or something), I'd brought along a hand net just in case and soon had everyone tapping away at the heather bushes in the hope that an Emperor Moth might fly out.
Much to everyone's disappointment (I may have slightly played up our chances of finding it), we didn't catch an Emperor, and to make matters worse the group didn't seem to cheer up when I pulled out what I thought was a wicked consolation prize in the form of a Trifurcula immundella moth larval mine on Broom.
I mean c'mon. Look at the way the caterpillar has worked its way straight down the stem! Now that IS a mine...
|Trifurcula immundella - prooaahhh!|
|Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)|