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Friday, 24 September 2021

Mystery lava

 Anyone know what this one could be? Have checked in Jim Porter's Caterpillars of the British Isles and on web but cannot find.


Thursday, 23 September 2021

A last-minute trap....

I had n`t intended to trap last night (Weds 22/9) as the forecast was quite breezy and partially clear but, when I went outside the kitchen door at c 9.30 pm, I saw that conditions were calm and cloudy. So, out went one trap, the mains actinic, perched atop the extension flat roof.

I had been thinking recently that I had n`t had an l-album wainscot yet this year - but one turned up last night within a small mixture of early autumn moths.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Grey Dagger caterpillar

 I spotted this caterpillar on a cultivated rose in an urban Llanelli garden yesterday (19/9). It`s a grey dagger which differs markedly from the caterpillar of the dark dagger. The adults of both species are so similar that dissection is required.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Maenol 18/09/2021

 No trapping here last night but this Plume turned up in my polytunnel this morning:

I suspect that it might be a Brindled Plume, it's very grey.  Can that be confirmed, please?

More vestals...

 I had more vestals than silver ys in the trap last night (Fri 18/9), but when there was only a single silver y, that`s not too hard to achieve. A small mixture of early autumn residents were also present.

Above: one of last night`s two (rather pale) vestals, keeping company with two large ranunculus.

Friday, 17 September 2021

A seaside visitor

 `Old blue wings` (you know what I mean!) did n`t turn up again last night and there was nothing of note migrant-wise (though the silver y numbers had increased slightly). I was, however, a little surprised to see a moth that is markedly associated with sandy shores make an appearance, as my current garden is, to my mind, inland, suburban and abuts woodland. `As the moth flies`, it is 3/4 ml inland, whereas my previous Pwll garden was much less than 1/4 ml inland, so a couple of records of the same moth at that latter garden was not unexpected and, anyway, I`d also caught it along immediately adjacent parts of the Pwll-Burry Port coast. The moth in question was a shore wainscot - photos below, including a shot of a fore-wing gently teased open to show the white hind-wing.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Quick post: Last night`s moths

I put a single actinic trap out last night (Weds, 15/9) and was pleased to see some evidence of migratory species. That big, beautiful moth with blue hind-wings still evades me but 5 silver y`s, a rusty-dot pearl and a vestal provided a tiny amount of compensation. Some autumnal resident moths are also starting to make an appearance.

                          Above:  a`record shot` of last night`s vestal in situ in my actinic trap.

                                                               Above: frosted orange.

I had to collect some items from a friend this morning but, as I was early, I went for a short walk along the lane by his Bynea home. Feasting at blackberries along the estuary-edge path was this comma butterfly and, as a bonus, feeding in the shallow pools of the Afon Llwchwr close-by were exactly 55 little egrets.

Above: comma at Pencoed-isaf, Bynea, Llanelli. The `dead-leaf` camouflage always impresses with the dark lines on the underwing also giving an impression of peeling bark - click on pic to enlarge..