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Friday, 9 August 2013

Trapping near to home - Pwll, Weds 7th Aug 2013

On Wednesday night, I put out two traps at sites close to home (both <5mins away). One was left under some old beeches on the Cilymaenllwyd Estate, Pwll and the other alongside the Afon Dulais, surrounded by reeds, other wetland vegetation and semi-mature planted Salix etc.
At the first trap, I was hoping for a possible barred hook-tip, a moth that must occur locally, given the prevelance of beech in some of the older estate woodland. It is said to especially peak at the end of July, so I thought there may be a chance, but no luck....I`ll catch it one day! There was a fair array of moths in the trap, including some dark sword grassses (see photo), a magpie (a once frequent, but now a very scarce Carms moth: also see photo) and several heralds. I`ve included a couple of photos of the latter, as it is such an attractive species, including an underside view. The final photo from Cilymaenllwyd is the longhorn beetle Arhopalus rusticus, a species that was once confined to native pinewoods in Scotland, but which has colonised plantings in S Britain; there are mature pines growing near to my beech-copse trap site.
The second (wetland) site, alongside the Afon Dulais had the expected mix of common wetland and `open country` moths, as well as more migrant dark sword grasses and silver y`s. Another (see earlier postings from Kidwelly) wetland pyralid at this locality was Chilo phragmitella, a reed-feeder (see photo below), which is not uncommon around Pwll and elsewhere. Also amongst the moths was the `giant lacewing` (>1 inch) Osmylus fulvicephalus, a local and scarce species that can occasionally be encountered along watercourses and the like. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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