Saturday, 23 June 2018

Pembrey Burrows

A sunny day on Pembrey Burrows is a good opportunity for insect watching. There were good numbers of Dark Green Fritillary on the wing and Marbled Whites and Small Skippers were numerous.

I also found this Pretty Chalk Carpet, a new moth for me. Although the highlights look blown, analysis suggests that this is the actual ground colour of the moth.

5 comments:

  1. First-rate photos Adam and the pretty chalk carpet is actually a very good record. It`s a Clematis-feeder and traveller`s-joy occurs (and is increasing) at Pembrey. Well done - and it shows the value of daytime recording.

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  2. Thanks Ian, says common in the book. Glad I had the camera on me.

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  3. But not common in Carms - often books have a S English perspective re status. In fact, your record is only the 2nd time it has been recorded at the well-worked Pembrey area. Jon Baker, who did a huge amount of meticulous recording there in the the c early 2000s (and wrote an excellent report) did not record it and was only able to cite a 1995 record by Barry Stewart from a Clematis stand close to the RAF bombing range. I suspect that pretty chalk carpet is actually now well-established on Clematis tangles on the stabilised dunes. Your record will be new for the Pembrey LNR.

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  4. I'm very pleased to have seen it.

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  5. The Pretty Chalk Carpet is indeed a good record, although Jon did record it himself at Pembrey Forest in 2004. There are numerous records from the St Clear's Rothamstead trap, but otherwise just a handful from Carmel, Llandyfaelog, Capel Isaac and Pontyberem.

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