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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Slim Pickens.....

.....was an American actor, famous for his roles in Westerns and for riding on an atom bomb in Dr. Strangelove. Slim pickings, on the other hand, is what we had in the MV trap at Cwmllwyd last night. 47 moths of 23 species were found at first light this morning. Among these were 4 Red-green Carpets - the species has been present at the past three trapping sessions (and they're always good to see) and the first Brick for this year (whose photo is nowhere near good enough to publish and who flew off before I could get a good one).

 Red-green Carpets

Achaius oratorius

Finally, can anyone identify this, please; there were two in the trap last night?


  1. It`s a species of ichneumon wasp, but which one I don`t recall. I`ve seen it in the past and had it i/d.

  2. Thanks Ian, following that lead, I have found it to be Achaius oratorius. Assistance much appreciated.