Sunday, 11 August 2013

`The Moths that got Away!`



I have to say that MothNight 2013 was rather disappointing, result-wise, for me, with nothing like Chris Handoll`s fantastic record at Maenol, near Pencader. Having read of some migrants elsewhere in SW UK, I had deliberately left, on Friday night (9/8) one of my actinics out right on the coast, just E of Burry Port (see first photo). The trap had very reasonable numbers of moths (unlike my home actinic on the same night, which was very poor) but the only migrants were several silver y`s and a solitary dark sword-grass. The first of the season`s orange swifts were out and the easy-to-recognise pyralid Catopria pinella were caught (photos below). There was the usual range of `open country` moths present, as befitted the habitat.

The second actinic was left nearby, at Dyfatty Marsh (photo taken earlier in the season shown below). Here, I had the expected smoky, southern and small wainscots, as well as one silky wainscot. Plenty of Chilo phragmitella were also in the trap (see photo of a male).

I also put out my MV overnight on Saturday (10/8) at Tyrwaun, Pwll, as no rain fell here on the coast, and I was still hopeful for `something migratory`! Two male four-spotted footmen were in the trap (regular here in late summer) and a single oak hook-tip (photo below), a rather infrequent Carmarthenshire resident. There were decent numbers of moths in the trap, however.

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