Saturday, 17 August 2019
Friday, 9 August 2019
On 5th August there was a wandering Catoptria margaritella (3rd garden record of this boggy moorland species) and the pine-feeding Ocnerostoma friesei (approx. 8th county record), and on the exceptionally warm and wet night of 8th August another Least Yellow Underwing.
All in all, a pretty good week.
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
A few micros to check but I did have this wonderful looking beast of a froghopper - Ledra aurita. A local species with only a few records as far as I can see. He has to be around 1.5cm - 2 cm.
Checking on the website though I saw only the one record in 1907! But there it was, scale tufts and all.
Monday, 22 July 2019
The wing markings are different with the orbicular stigma elongated on the left and small and oval on the right. I'm sure it's not a rare occurance but a first for me.
Look forward to some input if possible for species ID.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
I am not entirely sure whether to record this for the 16th or the 15th as it fluttered in the corner of my eye whilst I was preparing the moth trap last night. Therefore it was either hiding in the trap undiscovered from the previous night or on the lawn. After a short chase through the workings of my son's trampoline and the sweet peas I finally managed to pot it.
I just tried to get a better picture but it's very excitable so will have to try after work. Paul said one was taken last week at Kenfig so seems to be a moth on the move?
Last night overall was probably a bit moon-y after the eclipse and a little colder than previous nights so numbers were down a bit but there was a nice Swallow-tailed moth in with the usual mixture.
Monday, 8 July 2019
Saturday, 6 July 2019
Monday, 1 July 2019
Sunday, 30 June 2019
Some micros from the garden moth box on Tuesday night. my tentative IDs are as follows, but I'm not really sure about any of them so would appreciate assistance before I put them on SEWBReCORD.
Endothenia sp (2 images)
Phycitodes sp (2 images)
Wax Moth (2 images)
Friday, 21 June 2019
Last year I found a larva of Mirificarma lentiginosella on greenweed on a chance visit to Cosmeston Lakes CP (see blog post here). I followed this up with a survey for Butterfly Conservation at Lavernock Point Nature Reserve last week, and was delighted to find not only quite a few M. lentiginosella larvae, but also four larvae of the rarer Agonopterix atomella. The latter species was only known from around 10 UK sites, with no Welsh records since the 1970s (those were in Gwent, where I failed to find it on surveys in 2014-2015).
|Agonopterix atomella larva|
|Greenweed plants where Agonopterix atomella found|
|Mirificarma lentiginosella larva|
So we now know of two Welsh sites for these scarce moths, both in Glamorgan and separated by only a mile or two. The moths might be out there somewhere else, but there aren't many sites with good stands of the foodplant.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
This pug came on Saturday night, and as I'm useless at most pugs, someone has suggested Maple Pug (albeit a bit early). I would appreciate the thoughts of those who know better the status locally. I see from the excellent glamorganmoths website (I wish we had similar in Bucks!) that there is a record from Gower in June 2018 so that makes me think it can be early!
Sunday, 9 June 2019
(Don't know why, but I seem unable to reply or comment on this blog at the moment. So apologies to Stephen - I have tried several times to respond to his comment on my 'longhorn' on 22 May)
Thursday, 30 May 2019
This rather lovely little moth was caught by Elaine Wright at Merthyr-mawr on Saturday. She nearly didn't bother to show it to me thinking it was too tricky. Glad she did, since Stephensia brunnichella has only been recorded three times in Glamorgan, and not since the 1980s!
A rubbish photo as it wouldn't sit still and sadly expired during the course of the afternoon:http://www.glamorganmoths.org.uk/moths/837
Friday, 24 May 2019
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Only ever seen one 'longhorn' before and that was on the Coast Path at Baglan on a 'bee walk' with Liam Olds last summer. That was Adela croesella so this one will be new for me … whatever it is.
Grateful for correction/confirmation.
(background grid is 2mm)
Monday, 20 May 2019
I've a few large pots filled with Purple Toadflax around the garden with the hope of some more Toadflax Brocades appearing. I was in luck as one was in the trap this morning along with a Poplar Hawk, Light Emerald, White-pinion Spotted and usual Heart and Dart etc. Great to see that the Brocades are still around.
Monday, 13 May 2019
As some of you will know I have been working on a new website for the group. I figure now is as good a time as any to let it out for general consumption! The main purpose of the site is to let people see the records and maps for the species found in Glamorgan, and will be populated with photos, some of which have been collated by me from this blog and it's predecessor, others are new (and thanks to Chris in particular for many of these).
If you want to contribute or have news or events you think should be added then please let me know. I have no desire to be the sole Admin for the site so if you think you can help keep it relevant and up to date then please get in touch.
The new site can be found at www.glamorganmoths.org.uk. enjoy, and let me know if you spot any problems!
Friday, 3 May 2019
There are 18 VC41 records in my MapMate, all from NPT and Swansea, and all of which are adult records. So perhaps this is the first larval record for Glamorgan?