Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Broughton, Gower 12Aug17

On the night of the peak Perseids meteor shower, we trapped 44 moths of 29 species. We recorded a new moth for the site (218th) in Agonopterix nervosa and some superb Oak Eggars (sp) and Grass Eggars. Also new for the year there were Rusty Dot Pearl, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix, Agonopterix purpurea, Agriphila tristella, Lime-speck Pug, The Fern, Magpie, Poplar Hawkmoth and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. We also caught another Sharp-angled Peacock as well as 2 Common Burying Beetles and 5 Black Sexton Beetles.


Then on 13th in daytime saw me locate this monster whilst looking for Butterflies at Twlc Point - a massive species of parasitic fly - Tachina grossa!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Baglan bay yesterday.

                         Several Eucosma triploliana tapped from the
                         saltmarsh vegetation.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Trifurcula immundella at Nantyffyllon today.

                                Double figures tapped from Broom this evening. Nice to
                                finally find this micro after a few years searching.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Copper Underwing query

Had a Copper Underwing in the trap last week - at least I think it is. Have attached a picture of the underside and the copper/orange marks seem to stop at the dark cross-line so is that sufficient to confirm this ... ?  or is this going to be another Copper Underwing agg ?

Bridgend 10Aug17

Similar catch to last night with 59 moths of 19 species. Six new species for the year were Sallow Kitten (worn), Iron Prominent (worn), Canary-shouldered Thorn (last recorded 2015), Flame Carpet (2013), Flounced Rustic and a 2nd generation Setaceous Hebrew Character. This takes our year list in the garden to 162 (104 macro / 58 micro).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bridgend last night

After a lean spell of weather these past few weeks, we finally managed to trap. It was a cool night with a small catch of 53 moths of 18 species including a few migrants.The highlight was a new species for the garden in the form of Acleris aspersana (418th). A Gold Triangle was only the second record (both this year) since 2007 and the trap was dominated by Brimstone, Willow Beauty, Large and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Other species new for the year were Rusty Dot Pearl, Acleris laterana (agg) and The Spectacle and a late slightly worn Swallow-tailed Moth. Four Red Admirals greeted us early morning feeding on our white buddleia.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Death's Head Hawks

I have had a call from Geoff Hobbs (Bridgend Council) to say that someone has found some Death's Head Hawk caterpillars in Nottage. They are keen to move them and I have suggested that for the time being they should be taken to the reserve centre until someone can collect them and look after them. So the question is, who fancies rearing some welsh Death's Head Hawks? Dave