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Saturday, 1 June 2019

A Convoy of Kittens

 Sallow Kitten (left); Alder Kitten (right).

Not quite so prolific, hectic, or febrile as Sam's effort this morning; but I did manage to get up at 4:30 a.m. to retrieve the MV trap from the alder grove at Cwmllwyd! Just 135 moths of 47 species were found, of which 15 were FFYs. These included both Kittens shown above, along with several of the common moths one expects at this time of year, such as Oblique and Broken-barred Carpets, Peppered Moth, Heart & Dart, Gold Spot, Bee Moth and so on.

 Mottled Beauty

2nd for the year, a very large female  Pale Tussock.


Addendum: I left my net (unused last night) hanging in a tree at the trap site. This morning (as described above) I collected the trap plus the moths on the ground sheet and at the house I filled out the data sheet and wrote this report. Returning to the trap site to collect the net, I found a moth had secreted itself in the net. Here it is:

Small Elephant Hawkmoth. Another FFY!

3 comments:

  1. Helpful to see the kitten comparison photo Steve - good idea.

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  2. Agreed, good to get the kittens head to tail! I've only had Alder Kitten once and Small Elephant twice, so in my book that was an excellent result, Steve.

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