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Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Pembrey Burrows LNR
In what appeared good conditions for a mothing session, I set the Skinner trap in a sheltered area last night, this morning at 4am when I returned to close down the temperature had fallen considerably, and there was no visible sign of any activity around the trap, I collected every moth in the trap, a total of 19 individuals of 11 species!!. The best by far was a Scarce Footman, a Garden Tiger and another Reddish Light Arches.
This afternoon whilst carrying out some work on the reserve we noticed the cattle being bothered by an enormous "horsefly", after collecting a specimen I think its either Tabanus sudeticus, Dark Giant Horsefly or Tabanus bovinus, Pale Giant Horsefly, at 25mm long you wouldn't want to be bitten by it!