Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Cwmllwyd 30 June 2014
Alder trees that we planted at Cwmllwyd seventeen years ago as feathered whips are now thirty feet high. They were planted close to a mature alder, alongside a stream - they do like to have their feet in water. We now have a small alder grove and should the old fellow fall down (as always seems imminent when you see the angle at which it leans), there will be continuity of the habitat. Similarly, we planted ash whips close to a mature but heavily coppiced ash nearby. But it was in the alder grove that I set the 15 watt actinic Heath trap last night. This turned out to be a good plan, for 128 moths of 46 species visited the trap. Among these were:
Gold Swift (female)
and some difficult micros:
Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
Help with these would be most welcome.