Saturday, 12 January 2013

41 new species of moth described from the Congo's rainforest

Much of the Congo's biodiversity remains to be discovered - a recent expedition discovered 41 previously unrecorded species of leaf-mining moth. Read more about it here:

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/leaf-mining.html#cr


The photos below show leaf-mines created by two of the more common species of leaf-mining moths resident in the British Isles. Both species here fed on the leaves of bramble (Rubus).


A leaf-mine created by the larva of Stigmella aurella 

A leaf-mine created by the larva of Emmetia marginea 

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