Saturday, 16 September 2017

First Sallows of Autum 2017 at Llandysul

Well, Autumn has arrived, and the weather this last week has been torrential, with local flooding here at Llandysul on the Carmarthenshire/Ceredigionshire border. Haven't trapped for some time, and when I did, early September week, all that was to be had were mostly LYU's, Brimstones and Square-spot Rustics. Also spotted on the wall was a Pretty Chalk Carpet and a few Green Carpets (sec gen).

I used the corner light Friday 15th Sept, and had 1 x Snout, 1 x Sallow, 1 x Pink barred-sallow, 1 x Spruce Carpet (sec gen,) 1 x Common Garden Carpet (sec gen), and one of the Thorns, which unfortunately, was too high up on wall to identify.

Tonight, Saturday 17th Sept, again with corner light looks to be either 2 Willow Beauty or a 3rd gen Engrailed has arrived?

                                                               Sallow - Cirrhia icteritia

                                                                                                                   Sallow - Cirrhia icteritia  




                                                                                                   
                                                      Pink-barred Sallow  -  Xanthia togata


                                                                                
                                                     Pink-barred Sallow  -  Xanthia togata





Happy trapping, leaf mining, larvae hunting and whatever else. Stay safe, dry and enjoy mothing and butterflies everyone.

6 comments:

  1. Pretty chalk carpet? Are you sure about that one, as it`s a little late and it`s a very localised species in Carms (feeds on Clematis).
    Well done for trapping - I must re-start!

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  2. I think that Ian's probably right, Jacqueline, as far as I know PCC hasn't been recorded in my zone (SN43) and if that's true of North Carms generally Sam will probably require a photo to confirm the record. It would certainly be needed for Common Garden Carpet - I get plenty of Common Carpets and Garden Carpets but not the hybrid! Seriously, keep up the good work, Sallows appearing here too, confirmation that Autumn's here as you say.

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  3. The 'PCC' was too high up to photograph, so we can rule that moth out, and put it as a misidentification. Thanks Ian and Chris for your explanation, makes a lot of sense. It's lovely to see the colour on the Pink-barred Sallow. The year is certainly moving on now, with the Autumn moths appearing. Hope the Merveille du jour show again this year, and the Green-brindled Crescent, so many to name, exciting times ahead.

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  4. It`s not an impossible moth to get in your area, as I seem to recall some south Ceredigion records (I may be wrong) and there`s lots of Clematis at Cilgerran and perhaps elsewhere on limestone chippings along long-defunct railway lines.

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  5. There are certainly plenty of defunct railway lines locally, some of them under threat of reopening! At least Jacqueline's sighting of a Pretty Chalk look-alike gives us hope that one of us might record the species in due course.

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  6. Very interesting thoughts. Pity, I hadn't been able to get a photo for ID.

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