Sunday, 9 October 2016

A long way from home

Brought here by the East winds, I assume, from the Marches, or beyond. Somewhat battered, but recognisable. Not listed by Jon in 2006, nor by Sam in 2013 and certainly a first sighting for Cwmllwyd, this moth showed at the MV trap in the "garden" last night:

 Barred Sallow (I believe)!

There's no beech or field maple at Cwmllwyd for larvae to feed on, so they can't breed here.

Two more FFYs were Yellow-line Quakers and these:

Merveilles du Jour.

4 comments:

  1. A really nice - indeed first-class - record Steve, but I don`t think it`s a long way from home. More likely it`s a Carmarthenshire individual, as there have been a few records of this thin-on-the-ground species.

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  2. Good to know, Ian - many thanks. We need another update on the definitive list, when you've got a couple of minutes to spare!

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  3. There are (from memory) records from Rhandirmwyn, Nat Bot Gdn Wales, Glynhir (? not sure about the latter) and various Glamorgan captures too.

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  4. PS...barred sallow is one that I`ve unsuccessfully targeted in the local beech-rich Stradey Woods...I still suspect that it`s there (but uncaught) though. Dusky-lemon sallow is another very scarce species to target (I think that there`s one unsubstantiated but not impossible) old Carms record (per MBGBI). Wych elm (and other elms?) is the food plant.

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