Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Two Butterflies to record

Yesterday at Telpyn Pont we had a Grizzled Skipper along with a yellow shell moth, and today along the Pembrey Burrows there was a Green Hairstreak basking in the sun.

Cwmllwyd 30 May 2016

It turned out to be quite a good night for moths last night - but an exceptional night for midges! I retrieved the MV trap at the alder grove at 03:15 this morning, in an unremitting cloud of the vicious biters and I have the lumps to prove it.

But I digress; 41 species (of moths) were found, of which 12 were FFYs. One of these was a surprisingly late (out of hibernation) Autumn Green Carpet.

More common species included this rather pretty Campion showing its purple cross line:

And a Marbled White Spot:

It was good to see a couple of Sallow Kittens, too.

Friday 10th June - Morfa Berwig Nature Reserve Bynea

In case anyone is interested...

Moth/Bat evening Friday  10th June 21:30, Morfa Berwig Nature Reserve, Bynea SS542987

Join the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales for a bat walk and a moth trap. The two will be well apart! Hopefully we'll get some interesting records.

For more information please contact Isabel Macho, 01558 825390; IMacho@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing.
A small number of parking places are available off the roundabout on the A484 at the entrance to the site (with the rugby posts on!). All walks will meet here.

Three pugs from a Burry Port garden

New Carmarthenshire Moth Group member, Adam Dare, is enthusiastically recording moths at his Burry Port garden and taking some excellent photographs at the same time. I can predict that Adam will - with his coastal garden location - record some good moths in the near future, particularly if we have a `migration year`.
Below are three pugs recorded by him in the last week; we believe that the i/ds are correct but if not, please let us know.

                                                              Above: shaded pug.
                                                              Above: common pug.
                                                                Above: foxglove pug.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Meagre pickings last night...

I left an MV and an actinic out in the garden last night (30/5) and both - especially the exposed actinic left on the flat roof - were sparsely occupied this morning.
The traps were not without interest though, with a seraphim and a few FFYs such as lobster moth, willow beauty and large yellow underwing, the latter deserving its ASBO status by restlessly running around the trap, disturbing the contents and losing me a micro or two.

                                                  Above: last night`s Pwll seraphim.
Above: I caught this moth at Bryntirion allotments (Llanelli) two nights ago. It fooled me at first but I now think that it may be a particularly pallid seraphim.

Above; this Incurvaria oehlmanniella (a bilberry-feeder) must have be blown from local woods by last night`s brisk northerly breeze. However, I also note that it feeds on plums and dogwood, so may be of more immediate origin.

                                                                Above: lobster moth.

A brief walk...

I took a brief walk yesterday evening to the nearby Ashpits Ponds just west of Pwll, Llanelli, both for exercise but also to see if any moths were to be found. `Dusking` last night was unsuccessful, probably as I was too early and the effect of a cooler breeze, but I did find larval nests of spindle ermine Yponomeuta cagnalla. Photo below:

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Out and about mothing - Saturday 28th May.

I had a blissful lie-in this morning (though was up at 6.30am) with no moth traps out to inspect, so my batteries ought to be re-charged. On Saturday evening, I had placed out four actinics at various local sites, as well as an MV in the garden at home. Two `away-from-home` actinics were set up, one at a mixed conifer woodland edge site and the other at a rank, wet rhos site on the Stradey Estate near Llanelli and two actinics (one of which is rather fickle and often fails, but not on Saturday) at allotments at Bryntirion, Llanelli. There were no outstanding captures but some useful records were made.

Above: Pretty but pestilential, Rhododendron invades a bog at a former marsh fritillary site at the `entrance field` to Cencoed-uchaf farm on the Stradey Estate. Adjacent drier `rhos` has long succumbed to birch invasion. Spot the actinic light trap.
Above: the gelechiid Neofaculta ericetella is frequent on heather and cross-leaved heath at this site - look for it (sweeping, especially at dusk) on your local heather.

My next trap site was located next to some mixed conifer (and broad-leaved) woodland where my aim was to try to catch some `conifer micros` but again I failed, though I did catch numbers of tawny-barred angles, including one of the form nigrofulvata. The `ordinary` form is shown below.

                                                    Above: tawny-barred angle.

Above: only earlier this week I remarked that I don`t often see little emeralds but here is another, phototographed in situ, within the actinic trap.

My home trap at Pwll had good numbers and good diversity of moths including some more FFYs.
                                                  Above: Anania lancealis at Pwll.
               Above: this `skin moth` Monopis laevigella is, I think, new for my garden.

The Bryntirion allotment site also had a fair range of moths, including a FFY heart and club and the tortricid Notocelia cynosbatella (yellow palps checked).