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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Only the`home traps`at Pwll last night....

I had planned to take the traps out last night (8/7), but two failed when tested - I had n`t re-charged one battery (!) and there was something wrong with the `electrics` in the other; both are now sorted/repaired, so hopefully I`ll get somewhere tonight (it looks good trapping weather, incidentally).
In the event, there were both good numbers and variety in my home traps at Tyrwaun, Pwll last night, with several moths making their annual FFY appearance including southern wainscot, snouts, swallowtail moth, scarce footman, phoenix and plain golden y (the latter was so plain and colourless in the first light, and I was only half awake, that I imagined a ni moth....but checking the book, I was soon self-corrected!). I also caught a really tiny small elephant hawk-moth and, pleasingly, a beautiful hook-tip, a moth that I`ve had on previous occasions at Tyrwaun. I was glad to get a photograph, as last year`s individual was very skittish and flew off immediately as I opened the trap, leaving me thinking, `what did I do?` (though perhaps seeing me first thing in the morning is enough to give anything a fright!). This year`s moth was, in contrast, very placid and I presume that, given the repeat captures, it is resident locally. Barry Stewart has also had it (as a NCR in 2006) at Glyn-hir, near Ammanford.
Here are a selection of a few moths recorded:
                                                                  Above: phoenix.
                                                             Above: broken-barred carpet.
                                                           Above: swallowtail moth.
                                                         Above: beautiful carpet.
                                                          Above: plain golden y.
                                                             Above: scarce footman.
                                                        Above: beautiful hook-tip.
                                         Above: Acleris hastiana - det by Jon Baker - thanks!.

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