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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Maps for Chris

Here is a map of Double Dart as requested by Chris - not common in Carms.  It's hard to work out a pattern there, but the lack of records from three regularly-run traps (Jon's garden, my garden and Ian's garden) and Pembrey is interesting, especially given that this species feeds on willow, hawthorn and blackthorn scrub.  Very odd!! 

Also Coleophora alticolella and Ash Pug - Chris' are new 10km records for both (assuming the Ash Pug is correct).


  1. The double dart is said to like wet areas somewhat. I`ve had it at Pontnewydd (wet carr alongside the Gwendraeth), and the SS59 records are probably Barry`s from Llwynhendy (wet levels with scrub) and the other one at/near Bynea would be similar habitat.
    It`s a `good find` moth in Carms.

  2. Thanks for posting these, Sam. The scarcity of Double Dart is strange given the wide availability of suitable foodplants for the larvae - and there are plenty of wet areas around the county, I don't think that we're exceptional in that respect here!

  3. Yes, thanks Sam. It was one of the first 'good find' moths I caught when I first started trapping at home a few years ago but I don't think I've had it since.