Tony James

Tony James

Posted on 03/28/2016

Photo taken on March 28, 2016

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1965a Pseudocoremia suavis (Common Forest Looper) Pupae

1965a Pseudocoremia suavis (Common Forest Looper) Pupae
Geometridae, Ennominae - Body length: ~18mm.

The pupae from this generation. The larvae just drop to the ground and without spinning any cocoon just cast of the larval skin where they lay. These are the first records of this species in the UK and Europe, as its source is New Zealand. I have been recording occasional adult specimens in my back garden trap since 2007, but they are never more than singletons. I finally managed to induce a captured female to lay her eggs for me, and these pictures in this album show the offspring stages.