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Monday, 16 June 2014

Struggling in the far west

Two brief stops on my way to collect the children from Pembs produced 6 and 14 spp on roadside stops in SN11 and SN12 respectively.  Both times I was beating hedges and netting anything that flew out.  Two common species dominated: 30+ Pseudargyrotoza conwagana and 12 Celypha lacunana.

The only slight highlight in SN11 (Grondre layby) was 1 Argyresthia spinosella (photo below).

Most Argyresthia fly in June and July, look a bit like this, and are easily beaten from hedges.  There are different species on blackthorn, hawthorn, cherry, rowan etc.
SN12 (Rhyd-y-bil lane) produced Psychoides filicivora, Mompha locupletella, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Olindia schumacherana (photo below), Sandy Carpet, Small Rivulet and Little Emerald. 
 The lovely-looking Olindia (this one has a narrower white band than that illustrated in the Field Guide) is the 14th Carms record, from just 6 sites, but it is likely to be rather overlooked as it flies mostly in the afternoon (according to the Glamorgan moth book).


  1. Well done Sam....all of us can do these `mini-stops`, recording what we see and adding to the database in poorly recorded squares.

  2. Today's 'micro-stop' (15 mins beating Elms near the Botanic Garden on route to work) was very disappointing, with just 4 very common micros and no Elm specialists at all.