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LIFE ON A GREAT REEDMACE

Observed: 13th December 2009 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
LARVA ON BULLRUSH
LARVA ON BULLRUSH
INSECT ON BULLRUSH
Description:

Small larva about 5-6mm long lateral browny pink stripes,brown head and tail feeding on reedmace .Also two small winged insects of similar size that burrowed quickly in and out of reedhead these were greeny brown distict x on back of folded wings with rear section clear. Frost lastnight didnt effect them in naturally insulated home.Both may be related?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a micromoth (Limnaecia phragmitella) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

reedmace insects

Nice observations of two insects very much associated with reedmace. Not sure what the caterpillar is doing out on the surface of the flowerhead, they're normally hidden away inside (although they can often be found because they cause the fluffy contents of the flowerhead to be pushed out).

For more on the moth see:
http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?id=4859

and the bug:
http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Lygaeidae/chilacis_typhae.html

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Entomologist and biological recorder

foxy's picture

reedmace insects

Thanks Kitnet,
was surprised myself to see larva outside as we had hard frost lastnight,though sunshine was quite warm at time of observation.Heat may have drawn them out.

foxy.

Foxy