The weather was mainly dry, cloudy and humid, with a minimum of 15 C, but a shower at 01:30 and a few spits and spots after that, urged the decision to start knocking the trap down something that took over an hour.
Given the almost ideal weather conditions, the number of species recorded (50) was a little disappointing and Noctuids in particular were few in number.
The highlights of the session were my first VC41 Blue Bordered Carpets (4), my second ever Double Kidney and thirteen Black Arches. The first two of the latter were two females that arrived together, shortly after the trap was started, the other eleven being males that arrived over the next two hours. Were they, I wonder, attracted by the females rather than the light? The other highlights for me were:
Lesser Swallow Prominent
|Blue Bordered Carpet (new SO00)|
One or two of the other Blue Bordered Carpets were fresher than this one, but this was the only one I had the chance to photograph. I can't believe I've not had this species in Glamorgan before.
|Black Arches (male)|
|Angle Shades feeding on honeydew|
|Egg on a String. Any ideas?|
Also on Sallow, I came across a couple of these eggs on long tethers, I'm sure I've seen pictures of something similar to this before, but can't remember what or where. If anybody thinks they know what insect species is responsible, I'd be grateful.