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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Pembrey Burrows

Had two actinics down on the Burrows last night, one just behind the first belt of dunes (in SS49) and the other by the northern arm of the dunes next to (but hidden from) the cycletrack (SN40). The traps were both full of moths. For example, the SS49 one had 21 garden tigers arrayed around it and 12 shore wainscots and 26 smoky wainscots within it. Also in the trap were 19 scarce footmen, 7 lacky moths, 14 brown-line bright-eyes....etc. and a good variety of moths too.
Amongst the pyralids were Hypochalcia ahenella, Anerastia lotella, Phycitodes binaevella and plenty of the plume moth Marasmarcha lunaedactyla (feeds on restharrow). Indeed, the latter was still commonly in flight not too long after dawn [c 5.00am]. Still a few moths to det. No migrants seen.
A few photos are shown below (not of the same quality as the fantastic photos by Messrs Stewart and Manley and others on the recommended Glamorgan Moth blog site....and some great records too). They are: sand dart, blackneck, brown-line bright eye and Marasmarcha lunaedactyla.


  1. a good catch Ian. All I have to report today is my first for year small tortoiseshell in the garden... a bit more notable an event than it used to be.

  2. Yes, those are nice photos Ian, makes most of the stuff I get around here seem ordinary, but that's because it's different! I've put a small actinic out tonight in Gothic territory so hopefully there will be something to report tomorrow.