Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Salem

Another weekend without trapping (hoping to do that this coming weekend) but made up for it by going for a daytime wander around Salem Common - a rather small patch of rhos pasture which is subject to annual burning. I had seen marsh fritillary caterpillars there before it was burnt so went back to see whether any had survived to adulthood. I was pleased to see a minimum of 7 adults on the wing, including this one:

Also seen whilst I was there: large skipper, clouded border, common wave, silver-ground carpet, Cinnabar, Crambus pascuella, Micropterix aruncella and Bactra lanceolana. The undoubted highlight for me however was this forester - a first for me (which might account for the frustratingly blurry photo!)

In my parents hay meadows on the same day were silver Ys, Celypha lacunana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Adela rufimitrella, middle-barred minor, garden carpet, small tortoiseshell, painted lady and lots of green-veined whites as well as small and brown china-marks in the pond.


3 comments:

  1. Excellent Vaughn!...the forester is a nice record. Years ago - as with marsh fritillary - I would chance upon new sites, but I have n`t seen either for years. I know of marsh frit sites where I could see them of course, but the last week or so, I`ve been looking at potential frit sites without any luck. If the weather is suitable, I`ll be off to the Drefach area (the Gwendraeth Valley Drefach) to search this pm. Look out for chimney sweepers on any surviving more neutral unimproved grasslands....like little black butterflies.

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  2. Thanks Ian. Chimney sweeper is another I've never seen. Any potential sites you could recommend?

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  3. Try to find any neutral grassland areas with pignut eg around Taliaris....etc. good luck!

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