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Friday, 11 July 2014

A Minor Update

I went to a site near Bynea yesterday - the water vole conservation area at Morfa Berwig - on a `long-shot` search for lunar hornet clearwings at a site, where a few years back, clearance of willows had shown many to be full of larval borings in the lower part of the trunks. Unfortunately, waist high growth of nettles (with some brambles for variety) and shorts did n`t mix, so I gave up after about 10 mins.
Adjacent to this area is a small brownfield site, which was swept for moths, but with little luck, though I did find the `fleabane tortoise-beetle` Cassida murraea (one of the Chrysomelidae) on the swathes of common fleabane growing at this site. It is mostly found in SW England and S & SW Wales; I used to record it frequently some years ago when I was more actively recording beetles. It can occur in an orangey-brown form, as well as the green type shown below.


I put out the actinic at home last night, but as it was rather clear and presumably a little chilly, numbers and variety were not impressive - about 35 spp or so. A silver y was the first that I`ve had for a long time this year and - incidentally - I`m yet to see a daytime hummingbird hawk-moth (in spite of being on the `look-out`).
The tortricid Acleris forsskaleana (a sycamore/maple feeder) was also in the trap; I`ve had this species before but, strangely, Carmarthenshire is not shown on the distribution map in Sterling and Parsons.

                                         Above: Acleris forsskaleana.

1 comment:

  1. There are 24 Carms records of A forsskaleana. I thought that Jon coordinated the VC44 Micro records with John Langmaid before sending him annual updates, but there are an enormous number of discrepancies between our dataset and the national one (even more for VC35). I think that a lot of national records are very old and in some cases there isn't even an indication of who/when a county record was made; in contrast, it's fair enough that Jon and John wouldn't have realised that something relatively common (first recorded in Carms in the 1990s) like A forsskaleana would be 'needed'.

    This needs sorting, perhaps by my successor ;-)

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