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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Magpies and Butterflies Galore

The Sallows have started, Sam!  Two of the Centre-barred variety in the trap this morning, along with Black Arches, Iron Prominent and Dark Sword-grass (2).  So there are still some nice moths around.  One surprise was a Peach Blossom which was resting on the trap when I inspected it at 10pm, presumably a second generation - they enjoyed the July weather so much that they're back for more.

No trapping was done here over the weekend, family were visiting and enjoying the sight of all the Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals, Commas, Small Coppers, Painted Ladys and numerous Silver Ys on the buddleia.  Sadly, no Hummers turned up though.  However, whilst on a Sunday afternoon stroll in the village we were accompanied by several magpie Moths which appeared from the hedges bordering the footpath.  There must have been half a dozen or more.  It's certainly been a good year for them.

Unseasonal Peach Blossom
A brace of Dusky Thorns


  1. 2 Centre-barred Sallows to the light here last night as well. Impressive synchronicity! This is always the first of the pink & yellow Sallows to appear, indeed it only just counts as one!

  2. I thought Centre-barred was always the first to appear too, but in Glamorgan this year we trapped 2 Sallows on 10th August at Seven Sisters (only around 10km from the Carms boundary).


  3. Jon Baker's Annual Reports for 2006 and 2008 give a confusing picture: according to the records, in both years Centre-barred Sallow appeared well before Sallow, but the earliest date for Sallow in any year is given as 12th August whereas for C-b S it's 19th August. Last year my first Sallow (31/8) preceded the first C-b S (2/9). In 2011 they both arrived on the same night (31/8). I'm not sure that any hard-and-fast rules can be drawn from this! However, it does seem that George's Sallows on 10 August were exceptionally early ones.

  4. We have a few other early August records on the Glamorgan database, though they are by no means a regular occurrence. In 2010 we trapped one at Crymlyn Bog on 6th August.