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Friday, 23 May 2014

An average night at Pwll

As I was planning to do some daytime recording in the underworked north Carmarthenshire area today, I only put out the `home trap` last night (22/5). My hope was that it would be `more sunshine than showers` today, but looking at both the forecast and out of the window, I think it will be unfortunately cancelled. The weather is supposed to improve somewhat on Sunday and Monday, so I`ll instead hope to get out on one of those days. The problem is that a `lot is happening` in the butterfly and moth world at this time of year - the marsh frits are out, as well as certain day-flying moths. Anyone who fancies a pleasant walk can combine it with a bit of casual recording - we need as many `feet on the ground` as possible to achieve decent coverage in our county. A very ` long-shot` possibilty is to be aware of narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth if you are on marsh fritillary rhos pastures. It occurs on the Gower commons and has been recorded from damp Succisa slacks on Tywyn Burrows (RAF Pembrey); this moth could be a possibility on the Coalfield `rhosydd` or similar inland sites such as the Brechfa commons or Rhos Pwll y Gawnen near Trelech.

Just under twenty species of moths were in the trap this morning, including my FFYs small angle shades, May highflyer and yellow-barred brindle.

                                         Above: small angle shades.
                                          Above: May highflyer.
                                         Above: yellow-barred brindle.

Also FFY was an ingrailed clay and there were small square-spots also in the trap:

Above: ingrailed clay and below, small square-spot. The ingrailed clay is very variable and can be confused with the species below. In fact, it`s early in the morning and I have n`t fully awaken yet so, if I`m wrong, please let me know and I`ll correct this text! I`ll also re-check them myself later in the day.

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