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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Some more photographs of the cream-bordered green pea...

Two slightly better photos of the cream-bordered green pea caught at Tyrwaun, Pwll last night (left-click on them to enlarge):

In this afternoon`s sunshine, I checked the garden in the hope of spotting a passing hummingbird hawk-moth, but none were seen. A pristine male brimstone butterfly was feeding at flowers on a runner bean `wigwam`. Several red admirals were around, including the individual below which was taking sustenance from  `Joe-Pye Weed` (Eupatorium maculatum var. atropurpurea), where it was joined by several small tortoiseshells. This North American perennial is one of the best nectar plants for butterflies (and moths at night) in the late summer garden; it does not seed but spreads very slowly, growing to c 4ft high - recommended!
I also saw red admirals elsewhere around Llanelli today, so there has probably been an influx.


  1. That must be Welsh macro-moth record of the year! As fas as I know only 3 previous Welsh records:

    Coed Caeddafydd (Merioneth) 1968 (Hugh Michaelis)
    Usk (Monmouthshire) 1983 (Neil Horton)
    Stackpole (Pembs) 2001 (Sam B)

  2. Great stuff....that`s what I like! Thanks George.

  3. Superb!! I remember the Bosherston/Stackpole one very well. A huge surprise. I wondered then whether it was an indication of a resident population in 'the little England beyond Wales' but no others have been caught so it was presumably a wanderer

  4. As I mentioned earlier, there are areas of planted osiers (Salix viminalis, purpurea and various cultivars) just seaward and SW of my garden, so it may be a `thin-on-the-ground` resident (the same may be the case re your Pembs individual). Checking some other moth faunas, it tends to occur singly or in small numbers and there`s no mention of any recent immigration of this species on Atropos Flight Arrivals.

  5. About time we had one in Glam!

  6. How fabulous - if only I'd had my trap out that night, I surely would have intercepted it as it fluttered its way through Glamorgan airspace! Well done Ian, your persistence has paid off nicely.
    PS. I bumped into Adrian Fowles a couple of weeks back (of all places on the Snowdon train!) and he sends his best wishes - I told him you'd mutated into 'Mr Moth'.

  7. Well done, Ian, that's a fantastic record. It has encouraged me to try again tonight after a very disappointing session last night with two traps on the go. Unfortunately conditions are not likely to be much better than last night when we had clear skies and it was very cold, There's a risk of frost before long if it carries on like this. Not good news when my Cosse Violette beans are doing so well!

  8. Thanks Barry and Chris. Barry - a longshot- but there`s a lot of osiers near that campsite at Pont y Cob (on the Loughor-Gowerton `old marsh road`)...might be worth a chance - or you can try WWT Penclacwydd, with its extensive willows.
    I walked up Snowdon when I was five! (and have the photos to prove it!)`re getting old Barry!
    Chris - the weather is n`t ideal, but I`ll probably try the home trap tonight as the forecast (this morning) was suggesting some cloudy periods...we`ll see. There are still plenty of autumn species to record and perhaps some lucky blighter will catch, for example, one of the scarcer sallow species (the ones associated with beech, wych elm and lime).

  9. Ian, I was planning on hopping up there, but unfortunately Sandra twisted her ankle the week before so we decided to train it. I may give Penclacwydd a bash later in the week, but wont be overly expectant. I suspect your moth was a wanderer, but from how far?