James Lowen 

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7 May 2022 Bluebelle


Bluebells are rightly fĂȘted as one of (if not the) finest plants in Britain. You simply cannot go wrong with a purple haze. But if you're into moths, the spring flush offers another potential treat, a small tortrix micromoth called Hysterophora maculosa. On my birthday last week, I spotted a couple of these at a well-known local site for them. This gorgeous wee critter is all about Bluebells so while there is plenty of grumbling about the choice of (and even use of, in some parts) common names for micromoths, the one preferred for this particular species - Bluebell Conch - seems rather apt. That said, I'm yet to understand the 'conch' part, but I live in order to learn, so will inform myself... Anyhow, whatever you want to call it, take a look at it now - and enjoy it.