Saturday, 29 August 2015

Gowerton and Nicholaston

Not quite as good as Tebenna micalis or Jersey Tiger but I did have a Convolvulus Hawk this morning, sitting on a daisy stem between the trap and the nicotiana plants grown from the Atropos free seeds. Also this morning at the opposite end of the size scale was Bucculatrix ulmella at 3mm forewing length as opposed to 50 for the Convolvulus.
Last week had Crocidosema plebejana, a female which is browner than the male, which is new for me and apparently only 4 previous records in VC41, none on Gower.
A rather wet night at Nicholaston produced around 60 species including 6 Clouded Magpie, Hedge Rustic, Southern Wainscot, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Epinotia tenerana and what is probably Gracillaria syringella though it looks a bit different from others I've seen.

Clouded Magpie
Epinotia tenerana

Hedge Rustic

Bucculatrix ulmella
Crocidosema plebejana
Southern Wainscot, showing pointed apex and 'coronet' on thorax.
Query: Gracillaria syringella?

Convolvulus Hawk-moth


  1. Nice results Chris. The Syringiella looks like Digitivalva

  2. Ah yes, that's more like it, definitely pulicariae, many thanks Barry.