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Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Three traps left overnight produced 1664 individual moths of 185 species. Those of note included Bohemannia quadrimaculella 1, Willow Ermine 1, Metzneria metzneriella 1, Argolamprotes micella 1, Agapeta zoegana 1, Aethes rubigana 1, Calamotropha paludella 1, Pearl-band Grass Veneer 1, Pyrausta aurata 1, Pyrausta purpuralis 2, Phlyctaenia stachydalis 1, Rush Veneer 6, Orthopygia glaucinalis 1, Meal Moth 1, Pempeliella dilutella 1, Blue-bordered Carpet 1, Scallop Shell 3, Round-winged Muslin 17, Rosy Footman 40, Dark Sword-grass 2, Antler Moth 2, Double Line 1, Southern Wainscot 1, Clouded Brindle 1, Slender Brindle 5, Suspected 1, Double Lobed 2, Scarce Bordered Straw 1, Scarce Burnished Brass 1 & Gold Spangle 2.
Bohemannia quadrimaculella
Orthopygia glaucinalis
Scarce Bordered Straw
Gold Spangles
Non- lep interest was provided by what appears to be the Notable A Adelphocoris seticornis 3, but requires confirmation. Still a few micros and id’s to check later...I’ll hopefully post a few pics.
Adelphocoris seticornis 
(confirmed by Tristan Bantock)


  1. Adelphocoris seticornis was recorded by Mark Pavett in Pembrey Forest during the Heteroptera Study Group field mtg on 9 Aug 1991. It`s a species associated with tall vegetation in damp situations. That was the 2nd record for Wales, the 1st being in Pembs in 1990. See (online) DIG Newsletter No 23, Dec 1991 for `A Provisional List of the Heteroptera of Carmarthenshire: 6-17, written by Pete Kirby.
    I look forward to your photos Barry.

  2. I've sent a photo to Tristan Bantock for his opinion.

  3. Just for info, I seem to recall that Mark swept it at that site in Pembrey Forest where you caught privet hawk-moths in c.1989/90. Those were the days when you were a `good boy` and before you fled to vc41.

  4. Suspected would be the 1st proven Carms record!....well done! The others are really good too! Have you invented a`moth magnet`? You should trap more in good old vc44 Barry!

    1. It's not the best looking specimen of Suspected, but I'm confident that I've got it right. Happy to discuss any other suggestions.

  5. A quick check reveals that B. quadrimaculata is a 2nd VCR but Orthopygia glaucinalis is even better - a NCR!

  6. I leave the county for a few days and all manner of nice stuff gets found! Well done Barry! Orthopygia is indeed a county first, but I've had a couple more Bohemania last year (at NBGW).

    I have never seen Suspected, so I hope others might advise on whether that's OK as a county first. It certainly looks plausible.

  7. That's a pleasant surprise re Orthopygia. Feel free to send the Suspected pic for opinion elsewhere and if folks aren't sure then I'm quite happy to let the record go. I'm confident it is one though. Unfortunately this species seems to loose scales very easily and become a bit shiny - you should see the pics I took with the flash!

  8. Upon reflection, the Suspected now looks suspiciously dodgy and, as has been suggested, Hoplodrina-like. Hopefully someone will catch the real thing in good time.