Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Whitford bioblitz Sunday/Monday

As expected due to the stiff breeze, clear sky and nearly full moon numbers were low on Monday morning for this superb site, but 76 species seen with three new for me, Thyme Pug, Reddish Light Arches and Hypochalcia ahenella. Plenty of hawk-moths with 7 Privet, 3 Eyed, 1 Elephant and about 15 Small Elephant. Coast species well represented with Shore and L-album Wainscot, Crescent and Sand Dart plus Caryocolum marmorea (thanks to Steve Palmer at the Gelechid Recording Scheme for confirmation of ID.) Also a July Highflyer demonstrating the art of camouflage.

Caryocolum marmorea

Hypochalcia ahenella

Privet Hawk-moth and thyme

July Highflyer hiding in plain sight

Thyme Pug

Reddish Light Arches


  1. Lovely photos, as always, Chris. I hope that you released the reddish light arches northwards towards Carmarthenshire, as I live exactly opposite Whiteford and I`ve never seen that species!

  2. Thanks Ian. Yes, I gave it strict instructions and a map!