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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:09 am

Hi All,
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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:57 am

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Re: Leafmine

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:39 pm

Hi Ron,

perhaps the wasp like creature you describe was an ichneumon fly. It may have actually been pupating inside a larva or other pupa and emerged. The sting is actually an ovipositor for laying eggs inside caterpillars. The caterpillar goes about its business as usual, unaware that other things have hatched out inside it and are eating it. Eventually the ichneumon larva pupate themselves and emerge from the unfortunate host. As a child I used to collect cabbage white caterpillars and keep them to pupate. A proportion of them never got that far, as the ichneumons inside burst out and pupated in a kind of yellowish cluster around the now dead caterpillar. My dad objected to me keeping this kind of thing in his garden hut and banned me from it for a while. Happy memories.

Good luck with your collection and pupation efforts,

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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:57 am

Hi Alistair,
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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:59 am

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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:59 am

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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:36 pm

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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:49 am

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Re: Leafmine

Postby ron » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:43 am

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Re: Leafmine

Postby nickcandlish » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:51 pm

Ron,
Very common and wide spread, known as Tar Spot fo obvious reasons. My walnut tree also suffers from it.
A now deceased friend of a relative was a national authority on 'non toadstool' fungi, seemingly a very difficult group requiring microscopic ID.

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