Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Big bad bug
Amongst the moths on Saturday night at Dungeness, we also took c10 of these .. Western Conifer Seed Bug I was pleased to see it in one repsect (interesting looking species, still a bit rare, appears to be getting here through immigration) but it was also a bad sign (non-European adventive species, destructive pest, illegal to knowingly release). I've therefore considered it as both a mothing mate and a mothing villain (look back through the label links if you missed what this was all about). This is a native species in western USA that arrived in Italy with timber in 1999. It has taken hold and started to spread through Europe, reaching the UK for the first time in 2007 (Weymouth, Dorset) with several taken at coastal stations in 2008 (mainly in moth traps during periods of immigration I believe). Taking one on Saturday would have been interesting, taking c10 is worrying!