We put two traps out in our local oak woodland this weekend which produced 22 macro and two micro species (Scoparia ambigualis, Aphomia sociella). We were delighted to catch the Miller after an absence of several years. We also had our first May Highflyer for this year.
We were a bit disappointed to find the heavy drizzle at Ynys-hir this morning, but it was all worth it with 50 macro species plus a few escapees. The star was a first for both of us, an Orange Footman, only the third county record, the others being at Bontgoch in 2001 and Tregaron in 2007. With a wing length of 13mm and looking rather faded it looked like a small Buff Footman! The other special was a Dog's Tooth, only the 22nd county record with all but one from the Dyfi area, mostly Ynys-hir. Other firsts for us this year were Lunar Thorn, Elephant Hawk-moth, Coronet, Sandy Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Gold Spot and Marbled minor.
Tony & Ina
Yesterday we had an excellent walk with Pete and Myra, in warm sunshine on the coast path north of Cei Bach beach at New Quay. The views were spectacular but we were concentrating mostly on the moths! We didn't see that many species but there were lots of Cream Wave, Speckled Yellow, Cydia ulicetana, and Nettle-tap. Also a Common Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Eudonia angustea. At the end of our walk there was a mass of flowering Thrift with Common Blue and Small Copper butterflies, our first Cinnabar of the year and the first Thrift Clearwing of the year, which made a brief visit to the pheromone lure.
Tony & Ina
This Sunday the 28th we will have moths from the trap at RSPB Ynys-hir to view from 9am to 11am approximately.
Weather permitting we will be in the usual place on the car park.
Normal entry fees apply for anyone wishing to go on to the reserve.
Hopefully no Puffins ... see link. This is a photo on Facebook from Mark Cutts...look in the bottom right hand corner.
I found this micro moth today on the coastal path from Pwllgwaelod, Pembrokeshire (sorry it wasn't in Ceredigion, Ina). I think it looks like Hysterophora maculosana but it was very worn and I am wondering whether there are any other micro moths that I should be considering?
I am identifying these as Knot Grass and Common Carpet - unless somebody tells me otherwise! I seem to be getting worse and spend half my mornings dithering over the correct id of 2 moths. Practice will make perfect I'm sure but sometimes the more illustrations and photos I look at, the more confused I get.