Saturday, 1 October 2016

Worrying news at the end of the butterfly year

The summer species of butterfly have fared badly on Ffos Las this year with some species which have done quite well in previous years, such as the wall brown being totally absent.

The maximum count of common blue seen on any one day was down from 73 to18,
small tortoiseshell down from 10 to 5,
peacock down from 14 to 7,
gatekeeper down from 113 to 66,
meadow brown down from 40 to 22,
small heath down from 28 to 4 and ringlet down from 136 to 65.
All the above sightings are compared to last year

Speckled wood numbers are about the same as last year, but the individual below didn't make the count!

Above an emperor dragonfly also enjoying an autumn feast
Daytime moth numbers are also down this year except for silver Y which I have seen more frequently in the late summer, flushed by the dog on our walks. I even saw 3 on the same day on 15th September. The above photo taken 29th September.

Friday, 30 September 2016

...and another caterpillar...

...This time a fox moth caterpillar seen at Pembrey Burrows and Saltings LNR, one of several seen and spotted during some leaf-mine searching. (I`ve got a backlog of leaf mines to go through over the next few days or so!).

An unexpected find

At last I have won the battle with Google's and my computer's reluctance to allow me to post here!!!!!
My 92 year old Mother is in a local care home. She has a lifelong, knowledge and love of Natural History and has been following my Moth trapping with great interest. Today one of her carers pointed out a tiny moth high up on the wall (Mum is training them all to look for moths!) It turned out to be a Many Plumed Moth.
Common, but new to her and me and a source of great pleasure that she was able to add to my Moth List

Another caterpillar...

Can anyone help with this one please? Found in the food preparation area in a restaurant where my aunt works (I won't name it...)

Thursday, 29 September 2016

A caterpillar...

...spotted while leaf-mining in Stradey Woods, Llanelli this afternoon.

                                          Above: what I believe is a pale tussock caterpillar.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A little gem at Burry Port

In a thin night's trapping, my most interesting moths were three Pink-barred Sallows and a nice Red-line Quaker - a first for me.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rose-feeding Larvae

Two caterpillars are tucking into a rose bush in the garden:

The smaller one (pale green, yellow head) may well be Garden Rose Tortrix, plenty of them here, looks like some of the on-line images of larvae of this species.  The larger one (darker green/white, white spots, black head) I haven't been able to identify yet.