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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Last Night's Moths at Maenol

Saturday night was good, last night even better with over 150 individuals of 50+ species turning up.  Dingy Footman and Rosy Footman are particularly abundant just now, the former rivalling Heart & Dart and Dark Arches as the most abundant species, Buff Footman is also appearing in small numbers.  The highlight for me was Cloaked Carpet, which seems to come at much the same time, mid-July, each year.  A first for this location was Ebulea crocealis.  There are numerous Eudonia/Scoparia individuals about which causes much consternation because I struggle to differentiate between the species, and am still puzzling over numerous photos.  A couple of unfamiliar Tortricids are adding to the confusion, and I'm appending photos of these in the hope that they will be recognised, being reasonably distinctive.

 Cloaked Carpet
Ebulea crocealis
Tortricid 1
Tortricid  2




8 comments:

  1. That cloaked carpet is nice - never seen that species!

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  2. Nor me! Nationally Scarce moth; excellent!

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  3. Cloaked carpet is a really nice record, the micros are Ptycholomoides aeriferanus and Cydia splendana.

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  4. Thanks for your comments, guys, and the idents are much appreciated, Barry. Evidently Cloaked Carpet doesn't like coastal or mountainous territory, prefers something intermediate. Very unusual!

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  5. Cloaked Carpet has also been reported in Ceredigion and Montgomeryshire recently (on their blogs). Like Ian and Steve, I've never seen one!

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  6. I have had Cloaked Carpet several times here - Saron, Nr Llandysul, Carms.

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  7. Interestingly, Sally and I trap on much the same latitude as Rhydcymerau, where (according to Jon's August '07 Newsletter) Martin Lovell made the first authenticated record of Cloaked Carpet in July of that year. Also interesting, following up George's comment regarding the Montgomeryshire reports I noted that the species is classed as 'category B' (relatively frequent in the last decade, 60 records), whereas Sharp-angled Carpet is 'category C' (rarely recorded or local habitat, 5 records). Between the summer of 2011 and the present time I have recorded CC 6 times and SAC 11 times.

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  8. I've not had Cloaked Carpet here in Brechfa (but have seen it twice at Dingestow, VC35). The Ptycholomoides is only the 3rd Carms record following two here. Well done!

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