Tuesday, 24 July 2018

A mixed bag of moths at Pwll

I put out the two garden traps last night (23/7) at Pwll, with decent numbers and variety awaiting me in the traps this morning. I awoke at about 4.00 am to the sound of rain, but it had usefully stopped by my `checking time` (c 5.30am). It restarted with a welcome vengeance at about 7.00am, giving the dessicated garden a much-needed watering.
The usual seasonal moths were present, together with wanderers from nearby habitats. From sandy coastal grassland came an ever-slim scarce footman whilst wetland habitats contributed a worn scarce burnished brass, a twin-spotted wainscot and the reedbed pyralid Chilo phragmitella.

                                                       Above: twin-spotted wainscot.
                Above: Chilo phragmitella (look at its huge palps!) with the wainscot to the rear.
                                        Above: the rare yellow form (flava) of rosy footman.

 Above (two photos): This may be Pseudatemelia josephinae rather than the closely-related P. flavifrontella, given the date; both have yellow heads. Only dissection can confirm which one.
                                  Above: pale forms of dun-bars were out in force last night.

1 comment:

  1. I'm probably being twp, but might that be a Lesser Wax-moth rather than Pseudatemelia?

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