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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Yesterday`s moths

I`d recovered quite quickly after the previous day`s upland trek, so I thought that I`d try something completely different late yesterday afternoon with a visit to the coastal shingle spit at Penrhyngwyn, Machynys to look for any daytime micros. Crambids were particularly in my mind on the dry coastal/saltmarsh edge vegetation. In the event, the only crambids found were commonplace species and the only micros of interest were two Scrobipalpa individuals swept off saltmarsh vegetation (both retained).

Above: on the shingle spit (with yellow-horned poppy, which is abundant at this site) looking up the Burry Inlet towards NE Gower.

I only set out the garden trap last night (lacking time to set out any others in different habitat) and there was a fair variety of moths awaiting me this morning, with the best being a slender brindle, a scarce and local moth in Carmarthenshire.

                                                            Above: slender brindle.
Above: I also had this FFY southern wainscot - note the band on the forehead (a handy i/d tip) and the pointed wing-tips (not really evident in my photo).
Above: one of my dreaded `tube shots`, I`m afraid. I think that this is Monochroa lucidella, which feeds on common spike-rush.
                    Above: any suggestions as to which Paraswammerdamia this is please?
Above: finally, this tort led me down various `fantasy alleys` this morning, but I now think that it`s only Dichrorampha plumbana. It is quite prettily-coloured - brassy and rufous with silver stripes etc - click on pic to enlarge. Suggestions again welcome re its identification.

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