Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Under-recorded SN54

I stopped for 20 minutes in Cwm Hust, in northern Brechfa Forest above Llanybydder this afternoon on my way back from a meeting.  Beating trees and sweeping the road verges produced 16 spp of Micro (14 of which were new for the 10km square!) and 3 Macros (1of which was new).  Highlights were 1 Little Emerald, 10 Micropterix aureatella, 2 Elachista albifrontella, 1 Parornix scoticella (from Rowan), 2 Incurvaria oehlmanniella, 1 Argyresthia conjugella (from Rowan) and 1 Epinotia subocellana (from Salix).  Sorry for the dingy photos: it's pouring with rain!

Epinotia subocellana, beaten from a Willow bush

Incurvaria oehlmanniella, netted in flight over patches of Bilberry

Little Emerald


It really is worth the effort to beat & sweep for micros at the moment: you'll find far more species that way than you'll get at MV.

1 comment:

  1. Really useful post, with good field tips and hints, as always, Sam!
    Sunny tomorrow and off out to south Crychan with RNS, so will look out for small purpled-barred on the sunny rides with milkwort.
    Did n`t trap last night....though the early part of the night had fantastic trapping conditions...lots of moths bumping into my car headlights as I drove home at c 10.00pm. Heavy rain in early hours.

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