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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Ian has got it right.

Much better for trapping here at Cwmllwyd last night as well. 13 species, no micros, were found at the MV trap which I moved about 100 metres to avoid smoke from a rather large bonfire.

March Moth x9
Pale Brindled Beauty x7
Mottled Grey x 3
Clouded Drab x2
Common Quaker x2
Chestnut x2
Dotted Border x2
Brindled Pug x2

Brindled Pug

Singles of  Early Grey, Oak Beauty

Oak Beauty

Early Moth, Hebrew Character and this difficult green Chloroclysta sp., which I think is Red-green Carpet - comments would be appreciated.

Red-green Carpet?

The outer cross-line on the underside of the hind wing is a thin, wavy line - not the row of separate dagger-like marks that I would expect to see on Autumn Green Carpet; the slight folding of the fore-wings resulting in a narrower overall shape than typical AGC and the colour tending towards the yellow end of the spectrum, as opposed to the usually much bluer-green of AGC all suggest R-GC to me. I could so easily be wrong on this, however. Thoughts?


  1. I see what you`re getting at Steve. My initial gut reaction was AGC for various reasons, but you`ve introduced doubt into my mind, particularly as you`ve got the specimen to check the hind-wings and forewing shape etc. Best perhaps to await Sam/George/Barry on this one.

  2. Could it be that those surviving hibernation lose some of the red colouration than they would show during autumn?

  3. It is Red Green Carpet - the first fascia is too straight where it meets the dorsum. Autumn Green is much more lumpy.

  4. Thanks very much for taking the time. It's obvious now you've pointed it out! I've checked back through 16 photos I've made of AGC and they're all O.K. for I.D. I had a Red-green last spring with the same lack of red, whereas all those seen during autumn have been boldly marked. I won't be caught out again, I hope!