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Second Italian Tubic from Great Dixter

Recorded a second Italian tubic Metalampra italica (photo below) at Great Dixter on the 24th just a few metres away from the log pile I swept one from last year. The larvae of this moth feed in dead and decaying wood and the species is most likely breeding in the log piles around the gardens. The moth was first recorded in Sussex in 2011 but now seems quite widespread in the county. Also recorded another saproxylic tubic moth on the 24th, the golden-brown tubic Crassa unitella, which was a first record for Great Dixter.

Andy Phillips

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