Thursday, 22 March 2018

Cwmpalis last week

My parents spent most of last week in a cottage at Cwmpalis (SN2919) - a lovely sheltered spot with  mature broadleaved woodland nearby, between St Clears and Meidrim. My dad ran two 6W traps each night and ended up with a decent list (given the generally cool and/or windy conditions) of 15 species. I joined them for the weekend and got to see a few of these before the wintery weather returned with a bang! This nice little montage was put together by my dad for the owner, who lives next door and is interested in wildlife.

The highlights among these are probably Pale Pinion and a very attractively-marked Acleris cristana.

I'm not sure how well recorded the hectad SN21 is, but hopefully at least something among these will be new for the square.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

An exotic moth at NBGW

I came across this tweet of an exotic moth caterpillar at the National Botanic Garden of Wales - an Atlas moth caterpillar found on Hibiscus schizopetalus by James Callicott.
See link (copy and paste it into Google) below for photos - go to the posting for March 4th:

As a belated post, I trapped on the night of 13/3, and had nine species, the best of which was a satellite. I also had my first butterflies that day - small tortoiseshells and a peacock.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Tomorrow night

So, is anyone else going to put their trap out tomorrow? Supposed to be a nice mild night if a little damp. I'm going to try, under a bit of cover, and hope for the best!

Monday, 5 March 2018

What's this Bird?

I haven't seen a moth for a week or two, but yesterday an unfamiliar bird visited my front lawn and spent the whole morning probing the mossy surface with its magnificent beak.  Since some of my fellow moth-ers have ornithological interests I thought that someone would reassure me that it's a Snipe rather than a Woodcock.  The head markings and white underbelly suggest the former, but I'm not familiar with either species.  Either way it provided great entertainment on an otherwise rather gloomy Sunday morning.

Hopefully there will be some moths to talk about before long!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

staring at lichens

I was photographing lichens on an oak branch at Cnwc this morning when I realised there was a caterpillar on them.  I think it's a young Brussels Lace...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Well done to others....

Well done Sam, Jane and Chris with your `start of the season captures` - all of you did rather well compared with my quite limited catch last night (19/2) at Pwll (chestnut, hebrew character, pale brindled beauty and common quaker); essentially the night turned too cold and clear here at the coast. I had actually previously trapped once about a month ago which, perhaps unsurprisingly, only yielded a handful of winter species (winter moth, early moth and dotted border).
Today was sunny and it made me think that we are on the cusp of spring, with three species of bumblebee and also hive bees all abroad and nectaring in the garden - winter flowering heather Erica carnea, crocuses and the borage-ally Trachystemon orientale being favoured plants. However, winter with icy Siberian winds is set to return by the start of next week....

Above: this Mompha (caught at my kitchen window one evening last week) certainly has the look of M. bradleyi (see photo on p.111 in Chris Manley`s British Moths, 2nd Ed).

Five of the Best

The five visitors to the trap last night were all FFYs (well, that's hardly surprising, it's only the second time I've trapped this year!)  Two were especially welcome: Satellite, only the 6th record here, the last one being in October 2013; the other a Red Sword-grass, 8th record, last seen in October 2017.

The other three species were Pale Brindled Beauty, Hebrew Character, and Chestnut.  I haven't included Agonopterix sp which is well out of reach up in the eaves, I'm not going to erect a platform just to confirm that it's A.heracliana!