Our persistence pays off as the elusive Clearwings eventually come into focus

Of 16 British species, only six have been reported in Scotland. Their caterpillars are wood-boring in stems of trees and shrubs, and most are specific to a one or only a few host species.
In 2013 we first found signs of Clearwings in our woodland at Spottiswoode, when we found two hatched, empty pupal cases on stumps of birch trees we had thinned over a year earlier.
A moth expert identified them from photographs as pupae of the Large Red-belted Clearwing, whose caterpillars feed inside birch stumps. This species is currently not known anywhere else in southern Scotland, although there is... read more

 
16 August 2018 in Regional North East, Views: 41
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