1494 Wood Sage Plume larva
These feed on Wood Sage in warm, sunny habitats, so the sheltered cliffs are perfect for them. They leave distinctive damage that makes them quite easy to detect, initially eating little holes in the terminal shoot, and then nibbling through the stem below the shoot, causing it to wilt, and then feeding on the wilted leaves.
The distinctive wilted stems.
The adult moth apparently doesn't move very far from the foodplant, so this might be a good way to record the species. This is the second record for VC5 according to the website map! Other highlights were larvae of Anania crocealis on Ploughman's Spikenard, cases of Coleophora discordella (Bird's Foot Trefoil) follicularis (Hemp Agrimony) and gryphipennella (Dog Rose), lots of Spindle Ermine larvae, Alabonia geoffrella and Micropterix tunbergella.