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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Back to Business at Maenol

After two weeks in France during which time I didn't see a single moth (I wasn't looking for them!)  The first few moth sightings since returning on Saturday have not been welcome ones, Tinea pellionella is still around in the bungalow in spite of our concerted efforts to eliminate it.  More welcome this morning was a Longhorn which alighted on the fruit cage:

 Forewing length 9mm, antennae 20mm+, so I'm thinking that it's likely to be Nematopogon swammerdamella.

On a different tack, I wonder if anyone can help me with a plant which has appeared amongst a clump of Bluebells in my garden:

Four flowers have appeared, the tallest 80cm long, there are several fairly broad, keeled leaves sprouting from the base.  Calling on long-forgotten botanical practices I dusted off my CT&W and tried to 'run it down' but didn't get very far.  Field Garlic (Allium oleraceum)?  A.roseum?  I can't recall seeing it before, and certainly not in my garden here.  Help!

I shall return to trapping soon, probably at the weekend.


  1. It`s actually Nectaroscordum siculum (syn. Allium siculum), a member of the Allium family and it originates in Sicily. About 20 years ago it was quite widely available in packs of `budget bulbs`.I used to have it at my Pwll garden, but it eventually died out. I found some naturalised Allium roseum the other when...looking for Coleophora (honest!).

  2. ..the last sentence should read ...the other day...

  3. Thanks Ian, I thought that you might be able to help me out with the Allium. My CT&W doesn't mention A.siculum - not surprising perhaps, it's a 1952 edition!