Thursday, 22 March 2018
I'm sure I can see more than one line in the cilia on the hind wing. I also thought this for the one in the GMS box on Friday but they appear to be a bit clearer in these images .... maybe. Are they clear enough for me to say that this is A. ciliella ? (all images taken through the sides of a plastic petri dish)
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Best box of the year so far with 22 moths of 11 species, several of which were new for the year. Saw the (currently) regular Dotted Border, Hebrew Character,Oak Beauty & Pale Brindled Beauty and added to these were Clouded Drab, Common Quaker, Early Grey, Small Quaker & Twin-spotted Quaker.
Also saw Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella and Mottled Grey.
Friday, 16 March 2018
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Six moths in/around the trap - a couple of Chestnut that had seen better days, a couple of March Moth, Oak Beauty (3 weeks earlier than last year) and Pale Brindled Beauty.
|Pale Brindled Beauty|
Monday, 19 February 2018
Friday, 16 February 2018
Back in 2004 I found a larval case at Radyr train station that I tentatively identified as the Psychid Bankesia conspurcatella. At the time it would have been new to Wales, and the various experts that I showed it to were not sufficiently familiar with the case to be able to confirm it without an adult male. In January and February 2005, I found winged males of this species in Gabalfa, adding some weight to my identification of the Radyr case, but it could still only really be considered an unconfirmed records. There have been no further records in Wales (to my knowledge) of this species.
Yesterday, on a SEWBReC outing to Forest farm I was able to spend a fair amount of time around searching the area around the original location and eventually found some cases that match that original 2004 case. All four cases were on or around the footbridge that crosses the Taff between the station and Forest Farm.
The literature suggests that they should be pupae at this time of year, with the adults emerging in the next few weeks - but my Gabalfa records suggest that the flight period is already over so I'm not confident that I'll get any adults from the cases I collected, but you never know. I am 99% certain that they are Bankesia, but it would be good to get that confirmation!
The cases are not very photogenic, but if anything does emerge I will post something here!
Friday, 12 January 2018
Very surprised to find an adult moth on the inside wall of the box yesterday afternoon. It wasn't lost ... it was hiding. Really pleased that the little beastie survived and I released it into the garden last night.