Thursday, 19 January 2017

Believe it or not.....

Following Jane's post about Mottled Grey, you would scarcely credit what happened next. At 22:10 (or thereabouts) I went to let one of the dogs out and spotted this moth on the porch window:

Mottled Grey

Never seen one prior to March before. I would not be the slightest bit surprised if you doubted the veracity of this post - I can hardly believe it myself!

Any ideas?

Two from last night, I have no idea what they are. Any

help gratefully received! I have more pictures if needed.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Common Quaker?

I trapped last night and amongst the Mottled Umbers, Winter moths and a second Pale Brindled Beauty for this year, I found this. I thought (hoped) it might be a Clouded Drab, but Ian thinks it is more likely to be a Common Quaker

Monday, 16 January 2017

A leaf miner that I missed...

Taking some material to the shed, I noticed some leaf miner activity on the leaves of a large rose cultivar, `Teasing Georgia`. I would have walked daily past this rose on many occasions but somehow I overlooked this particular leaf miner, which I think is possibly either Stigmella anomelella or S. centrifoliella.
Unfortunately, this particular species pair has to be reared to i/d and the mines have been vacated. Perhaps something to look out for in 2017.

The nights are quite mild, cloudy and still this week, so it may be worth a trapping session to see what`s about in January. There won`t be big numbers though.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

My first record for 2017...

Parking to visit a friend, I left the car by the `Ty Elwyn` CCC offices very close to Llanelli town centre and spotted Firethorn leaf miner activity on the leaves of the planted (but heavily-pruned) Pyracantha outside. There were also two winter moths on my house wall when I returned home (I did n`t notice them on the way out!).

Friday, 6 January 2017

Where to look for Luffia

Ian's blog mentioned references to Luffia occurring on trees in shady woodland. I have once seen their cases in this habitat, but in Cardiff at least they are much more common on street trees (often on sunny trunks). The street limes near my house (photo below) have large numbers of cases on their trunks, though numbers vary a lot from tree to tree. They have their own specific parasitoid wasps, which delay their growth. Usually the Luffia larvae are fully fed in late spring, so if you find large, active cases in mid to late summer these will almost certainly contain larvae that have been parasitised by an ichneumon wasp (there are two or three species of these).

 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

More P. filicivora

Inspired by Chris Manley's post (below), I had a brief look today at some Hart's Tongue Ferns which are abundant at Cwmllwyd. It took only seconds to find this larva on a very worn fern leaf:


I suspect that this is Psychoides filicivora. I netted one adult in September 2016 (a first sighting for me) and once again, here's my very poor photo of it.


It seems to me that there could be hundreds, maybe thousands of these on the site. Many thanks to CM for drawing attention to the species.


Edit: see comments below.