Saturday, 29 June 2013

Usk Reservoir

Went botanising around the Usk Reservoir yesterday (28.6.13) and it was good to see the floral richness away from the sheep! It showed how diverse the upland vegetation can be, close to the famous Pant y Blodau of the Physicians of Myddfai, just to the north. On the Breconshire side of the reservoir were banks full of Conopodium (pignut, not groundnut as I said previously!). Unfortunately, it was drizzling and no lepidoptera (let alone potential chimney sweepers) were seen. Later, on the Carmarthenshire side, the weather opened up and a red-necked footman was spotted, as well as the rare 5-spot ladybird, a shingle speciality. The only other moths seen were several silver y`s and silver ground carpet, plus the grass moth Crambus lathoniellus.

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