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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Early May at Maenol

Hardly mayhem, but a steady trickle of moths arrived at the traps on Sunday (MV) and Monday (2x actinic) nights.  The highlights were a Puss Moth last night, and a Great Prominent on each of the nights.  This was particularly surprising since prior to this year there have only been 3 previous records here, and the tally has now doubled.  It's always a great thrill to see both of these species.

Apart from these, several FFYs: Brimstone, Pale Prominent, Swallow Prominent and Lesser Swallow Prominent, Scalloped Hazel, Muslin Moth, Flame Shoulder and Nut-tree Tussock.

             Swallow Prominent                    Lesser Swallow Prominent

Routine garden work on Saturday produced an unexpected find amongst leaf litter in the strawberry bed:

It wriggles, so there's every chance that a moth might emerge before too long rather than a load of flies!   I'm expecting it to be an Elephant Hawk Moth.

1 comment:

  1. I'm obviously lucky here, last night I had a bumper bag of 14 Great Prominents, only 4 less than the plentiful Hebrew Characters. Also had a FFM, Least Black Arches, which is far too feisty for me to photograph yet. Very pretty little moth. Also in the bag were FFYs, Nut-tree Tussock and Pale Tussock.
    So nice to be catching something at last!