05 June, 2017

What a transformation!

Back on 28th April I noticed a bunch of folded birch leaves on some local heathland. I had a feeling that Apotomis betuletana was the culprit, but I didn't trust myself so decided to take one and try to rear it through to confirm. Within several days the original leaf had been completely munched through, revealing a small light green caterpillar, and it continued to demolish two more leaves before pupating on 10th May.

Yesterday it emerged...

VoilĂ ! Apotomis betuletana

1 comment:

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You have been keeping a very keen eye for these leaves and how they are transforming. Watching and observing how nature responds and how it works is really interesting and worthwhile.