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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

3/9 - 14/9/10: Several more Small Ranunculus moth locations

To re-cap, the Small Ranunculus moth became extinct in the UK in the early part of the 20th century but has recently been making a comeback in Kent and Essex, around the Thames. I've found several more Small Ranunculus moth locations in the last few weeks, all by checking Prickly Lettuce.

3/9 :-

* Barnehurst Station: 9 half to full-sized caterpillars on a circa 6.5' tall plant at the top of the cutting side by the Station Approach fence
* Top of Hornbeam Lane by the Red Barn pub (other side of Barnehurst station): 1 caterpillar on one 3' plant, 2 on another, none on 12 other plants
* Erith Rd, bottom of the hill from North Heath: 1 caterpillar on a single plant by the 'garden gate' of a private dwelling
* Erith Rd, top of the hill towards North Heath: several plants, two with caterpillars, of which there were 3 in total
* Erith Rd, on 'the flat' towards North Heath: single plant at the edge of a front garden, 1 caterpillar

5/9 :-

* Colindale Avenue, Barnet, nearly opposite Colindale tube station: 3 caterpillars on plants at the edge of a field
* Slade Green railway station, grassy verge at rear of 'down' platform: several Prickly Lettuce but only 1 caterpillar found

7/9 :-

* St. Paulinus Churchyard, Perry St., Crayford: 2 plants. 9 caterpillars (8 of which rather small) on one, 4 large and 1 smallish on the other
* Crayford, Maxim Rd., by River Cray: Several tall plants. 10 caterpillars on 6 plants, the most being 4 on one plant

14/9 : -

* Kidbrooke, Birdbrook Rd.: Several large plants ('going over') outside the gate of the nature reserve, just one smallish caterpillar

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