Friday, 11 April 2014

Brimstone

Travelling down to the Scarlets match on Mothering Sunday, as we came off at the Llanelli junction from the M4 from Pont Abraham and slowing for the traffic lights, a Brimstone was hovering on the right side embankment. Obviously not able to take a photograph!. First of the year for me.

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  1. I`ve seen brimstones around a small peat bog just to the SE of Pont Abraham and also some distance to the NW on land that used to be Llannon Common (in the Llwyn-teg area). At the latter area, alder buckthorn (the caterpillars` food plant) can still be found in the hedgerows. Seeing a brimstone is always a `good record` in this part of the world!
    Spare a thought when at Parc y Scarlets, Trostre for the last colony of the wormwood moth in Carmarthenshire that once occupied the same site, feeding on its namesake plant; later attempts at translocation sadly failed. Some thirty-plus years ago, there were extensive areas of wormwood growing on waste ground, extending all the way over to Trostre Retail Park, but I`m unaware now of any surviving plants in the area, though it occasionally turns up elsewhere. The caterpillars are beautifully patterned.

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