Thursday, 25 August 2016

The porch light returns


I have been back & forth between Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire this year, but almost all my mothing has been in the latter county {some might suggest I'm a neglectful county recorder for Carms...}.  Anyway, with dawn getting later I can combine a normal night's sleep with some Cnwc moths, thanks to the trusty porch light.  15 species appeared on each night (23/8 & 24/8), with relatively little overlap, so 23 species in total.  Highlights were Antler on 23/8, and Hedge Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Nomophila noctuella, Udea ferrugalis and a gorgeous Treble-bar on 24/8.

An NVC survey day on one of the bogs at Disgwlyfa, Pontyberem on 23/8 produced rather few moths, with Endothenia marginana perhaps the highlight.  I'll be back next week and hope to do a bit of leaf-mining.  On my way back east on 24/8 I paused at the entrance to Halfway Forest, thinking I was just in VC44, but a check on the NBN Gateway revealed that the Vice-county boundary differs from the current boundary in this area, so my 10 leafmines were all in VC42 :-(

2 comments:

  1. Are there no birds around Cnwc Sam? If I leave the porch light on here I have to be up at the crack of dawn to check the area, otherwise the hungry Robins and Tits make short work of them.

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  2. Great to see you back in vc44, albeit temporarily Sam. We expect great things of you in terms of records during your short stays!
    The boundary issue (Watsonian v administrative) is one to be careful of - there are some post 1980 boundary changes in the far west of Carms (that bit that sticks out into Pembs) and also on Mynydd Betws, S of Ammanford.

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