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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Large Yellow Underwing season has begun!
Two actinic traps were set yesterday evening since the forecast was for a dry night. Was it heck! I attended the traps at 0430 in a steady drizzle. Never mind, there had been plenty of moth activity, including - yes, several very lively LYUs! Others in plentiful supply were Heart & Darts, White and Buff Ermines, Flames, and Ingrailed Clays. FFYs were Brussels Lace, Double Line (2), Mottled Beauty (3), Marbled White-spot, and Brown China-mark. More notable, however, was another Pyralid species which I believe is Anania (Phlyctaenia) stachydalis. If so it's a first for me. The books say that the species is rare/scarce, but evidently not in Carmarthenshire - Sam's list says that there have been 40 records in the County.
Anania stachydalis rather than A.coronata, judging from the wing markings and shape.
Left to right: Brussels Lace, Mottled Beauty f.conversaria, Double Line
Every time I see an Ingrailed Clay I think I've caught something special, they are so strikingly varied. Some examples below: