Sunday, 15 May 2016
Ffos Las butterflies and moths
The past few days of warmer weather have encouraged the lepidoptera on Ffos Las to start making an appearance at last.
The photo above was taken on 5th May and it is obviously a carpet moth. Is it a silver ground? The abdomen is raised, presumably in anticipation of mating.
Larval web of lackey caterpillars, seen 12th May.
Green-veined white first seen 6th May, this photo 12th May.
I've identified this as Ancylis badiana from Steve Clarke's post yesterday, seen 12th May.
I think that this is Pyrausta purpuralis, 13th May.
I haven't a clue!! Help please!
My first small heath of the year, 13th May.
I saw my first common blue on 13th May, this photo was taken 15th May on a cold afternoon when nothing was on the wing and I got the camera so close to this individual that I was in danger of knocking it off.
I am pleased to report that this seems to be a good year for the dingy skipper so far as I saw 10 on 12th May and 17 on 13th when the weather was bright and hot on both days. They also appear to be extending their range on site as I'm seeing them in places that I haven't in previous years.
As always corrections and assistance gratefully received.
Posted by Maggie James