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Friday, 20 June 2014

Moth from the Llyn Brianne Area

There were several of these moths fluttering around in the sunshine at a prime viewing point for the lake. Unfortunately I didn't have the time or the equipment to study them closely, and the photos are not good - the beggars wouldn't stay still long enough!

At the time I thought that the moths were one of the Heaths, because they were the right size and colour, it was only on returning home that I realised my mistake.  I can't remember having seen either Argent & Sable or Small A&S before, and because of the amount of white in the pattern of the photographed moth it seemed a better match for the book illustrations of the former.  However, I guess on balance Small A&S is far the more likely candidate.
Ian, I'm offering the photo below as a contribution to your 'Visit Wales' compilation!  Never mind the moths, the scenery was stunning.


  1. A small argent and sable record is still an useful record Chris. I like your landscape/habitat photo too - it`s useful for readers to get a `feel` for the habitat of a particular area (it`s also handy in my case when I failed to get any relevant moth pics!).
    I hope that you`ve `caught the bug` for an occasional `away from home` daytime mothing...someone like you will often turn up goodies. Get out there, on `the open road` enjoying a spin somewhere and checking out some close-by habitat. You won`t regret it.

  2. Quite jealous of your Small Argent & Sable, Chris - I've been checking my top field )which has extensive Heath Bedstraw) for this species, following a couple of days in the Lake District last week where they were fairly abundant on walks in the Langdale Pikes and at Hayeswater. I'd love to find them down here, but without success so far.

  3. Steve - I had it not too far away from you on a heath bedstraw-covered hillside north of Gwydre SN790279 on 19 June 1990.

  4. Yes, still a good record. Do keep your eyes open for the real thing though - there are bound to be other Welsh sites out there. At both of the sites in Snowdonia A&S feed on Bog Myrtle, but they have occurred in Monmouthshire in the past at sites with young birches. They seem to need a fair bit of shelter so bog margins with trees are good places to check.

  5. Thanks guys, it was a treat to see these moths fluttering around, there were several of them. I'm not sure that it would be a record for Carms though. The exact position of the stopping point is still uncertain, I think that it was just inside the Powys boundary, but I've just ordered the OS Explorer sheet 187 which covers Llyn Brianne so I should know soon.

  6. I reckon that you were in SN81-50-, vc42 Brecs!