Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tuesday 27th - Llandaff

A rather cool night, but at least it was a dry one.

A small but varied selection and another first for the garden.

A Centre-barred Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow, Snout x 5, Large Ranunculus x 2 and new species to the garden, a rather pale The Vestal. Will upload some photos later.

Creigiau last night

Another quiet night in the moth trap. 15 moths of 10 species, including 4 Snout. Undoubted highlight was my second ever Merveille du Jour - the first was in the garden last November - a lovely thing to see anytime, but especially on a grey, damp morning devoid of colour.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Possible Parectopa ononidis at Kenfig

Paul's post reminded me of leaf mines I photographed on Red Clover at Kenfig on the 14th. At the time I thought it might have been Parectopa ononidis, but I wasn't sure and as I never inspected the larva it was forgotten about. Checking again it looks a pretty good match, so any thoughts appreciated...

PS. Paul, apologies if I seem pendantic, but I wonder if your clover might be Zigzag? The leaves look very elongate and parallel - check any wider angle photos you have.

Parectopa ononidis. Nantyffyllon.

                                    Leaf mine. upperside.

                                  Leaf mnine, underside.

                                  Larva, released onto original plant.
                                  Many thanks to Dave Slade for confirming this (I think)
                                  3rd county record, and a nice addition to the Llynfi valley
                                  list. A search of Red clover revealed a further 5 mines in
                                  the area.

Cadoxton Ponds

A belated post - I trapped at Cadoxton Ponds on the 13th of September but only caught 27 species. A few were new to the site, including burnished brass, and large wainscot and cyclamen tortrix were also nice to see. There were a handful of micros I'd like confirmation of please:
Aproaerema anthyllidella?

Cochylis hybridella?

Endothenia marginana

Mompha epilobiella?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Saturday 24th - Llandaff

After a torrential down pour around 11pm for an hour or so the rain eased off.

Not a lot of note but another new species for the garden. A very nice little moth, Ypsolopha sequella, along with Nettle Tap, Vapourer moth, Brimstone, Common Marbled Carpet's, a handful of Silver Y's, Lesser Yellow Underwing etc.. Still a few mircos to ident.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

To Kitchen Window

No Vestals up here: far too exotic. Instead, I found this Grey Chi on my kitchen window, this morning. It is the first in my garden since 2011 and the latest one I have ever recorded.