Mike Hogan and I ran our traps on the 20th, for the Gwyl Taf nature reserve's bioblitz. The skies were clear and the temperatures quickly dropped. By 23:00 they were in single figures and by the time I was knocking my trap down, at 02:30, it had dropped to 8.00C. As a consequence of the cool conditions, the catches were limited to forty-odd species per trap, the highlights being: Sallow Kitten, Buff Tip, Double Line, Small Seraphim and Scorched Wing. Micros were few, but included two individuals of this Pammene, though that is as far as I can go with the identification. P. albuginana seems closest, but that would be a first for VC41 and possibly for Wales: suggestions please!
Looks good Mark. I don't suppose you kept either of them?ReplyDelete
Well I brought that one home, but it made off while I was photographing it, I'm afraid. I'm pleading diminished responsibility, due to sleep deprivation!ReplyDelete
It's OK Mark, I think I can accept it on the basis of the photo.ReplyDelete
Excellent record both Mark & Mike. The Blotched Piercer in VC41!ReplyDelete
That will be a great addition to the site list, for the bioblitz.ReplyDelete
There's one VC35 record, from Yew Tree Wood, Dingestow in May 2002, and the Field Guide shows a record from VC48, but this is a very good Welsh record as well as new for VC41.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the additional information Sam. My initial thoughts that it might be new to Wales was based on the NBN map. Consulting Sterling, Parsons and Lewington soon after posting, I realised it had been found in Wales and now you have filled in the details.ReplyDelete