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Luperina nickerlii leechi Goater, 1976

L. n. leechi (discovered in Cornwall in 1974, its only site)
Habitat: sand and shingle beach in Cornwall
Foodplant: Elytrigia juncea (Sand Couch Grass)

Click to load larger photo 20th August 1988: adult leechi on foodplant Elytrigia juncea

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4th September 1988: leechi pairing

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August 2004: female leechi egg-laying within stem of Elytrigia juncea

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15th September 2002: leechi egg batch laid inside Elytrigia stem

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15th September 2002: leechi eggs and larvae inside Elytrigia stem

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9th October 2004: 1st instar leechi larva

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27th March 2005: head of leechi larva feeding inside Elytrigia juncea stem

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7th July 1987leechi larva

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7th July 1987: leechi larval sheath

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17th August 2004: cryptic leechi pupal case made of silk and sand

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16th February 2003: leechi habitat, showing extensive Elytrigia sward, heavily trampled by people during the day
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