Apparently, not many records of this mite, which has been known for over 200 years, having first been noted in 1794 and pale mottled willow is the most common moth to be associated with infestations: 8 records, stretching from 1865 to present day. These records come from Scotland, Chester, Cheadle, County Durham, Penrith, Amsterdam, Tring (Herts 1970) and Ordiquhill, Scotland.
The motes also associate with Lesser yellow underwing, dark arches, smoky wainscot, Lempke's gold spot, dotted clay and large yellow underwing.
The mites are found in hay bales and old barns and it may well be that this is a favoured roost for pale mottled willow, hence their ability to become infested more than any other species.
All in all, an exciting morning after many days of the same moths.
Totals for 2015 now up to 191 macros and 177 micros; 368 species. Pushing it to get another 32 species by the end of December, but already my best year so far.
|Webb's wainscot (I hope!!) If so: 300th macro for the parish|
|Pale mottled willow with mites.|