Friday, 12 August 2016

More good records from Rhandirmwyn...

New Carmarthenshire moth enthusiast, Jane Hand, who lives at Rhandirmwyn and not far from Dafydd Davies` old Rothamsted trap site, caught a cloaked carpet in her garden trap last night (11/8) and she kindly sent me this photograph to put on our moth blog.

                           Above: Cloaked carpet - a really first-class record - well done Jane!

Jane also sent the photo below. A very quick check (I`ve got to rush out!) suggests that it may be possibly Agonopterix purpurea, which if so, will be another good record, with only three sightings given in Sam`s 2013 status summary. Please correct if wrong, as there is some uncertainty about this provisional i/d (eg is it just heracliana?)


.....and (see below), yet another rarity caught by Jane last night - dotted carpet and further verifying another of the late Dafydd Davies Rothamsted records from his nearby home. Otherwise only known from the Brechfa area in Carmarthenshire.


7 comments:

  1. Very exciting for me as a newbie to Moth trapping. I have had 124 different moths so far and a few to be identified

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  2. Well done Jane: you're off to a flyer!

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  3. Well done Jane: you're off to a flyer!

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  4. It's great to get updated records from Rhandirmwyn, following on from Dafydd Davies' great dataset. Cloaked Carpet has 41 Carmarthenshire records, but these only come from 9 sites and there are no records from the well-recorded Brechfa area (although it has been found once at Rhydcymerau).

    Dotted Carpet has only 20 records, but with a similar spread. Marigold Oakley's record from the Botanic Gardens stands out from the north Carms remainder.

    I need to have a proper look at that Agonopterix, but it's a good one whichever it is.

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  5. Thanks Sam...there`s been some discussion between Chris and I regarding the Agonopterix as I`m even less sure now which one it is.

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  6. Yes, I did point to the UKMoths site where there's an image of a pink-tinged A.heracliana which on the face of it looks very similar to the moth in Jane's photo.

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  7. I`ve literally just now (Sunday evening) had further info from Jane, saying that the moth was just under 10mm, thus making purpurea (which is c 5mm) unlikely. Chris`s suggestion of a pinky-purple heracliana now seems much more likely.

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