Saturday, 1 October 2016

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

I had a very brief sighting of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the garden Buddleia at 1pm today.  There was no time to change the camera lens, so this was taken from inside the house using 100mm macro lens (at full crop):

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Prochoreutis myllerana

This turned up in my trap on Aug 24th and I took notice because I like Nettle taps and this one was small and very bright.  Peter Hall very kindly did the deed and confirmed that it was this one and not sehestediana which has been found once before in Cere I think.
There is some skullcap down on the bog only 500m away so I'm lucky it came up to my trap instead of Tillo's Roth trap close by…though it unfortunately shared the same fate anyway.

Apparently there has been a late blooming of Anthophila fabriciana in Somerset with large numbers seen recently. I saw one a few days ago on ragwort down at the Llanon beach carpark but it wasn't as pretty as this.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Scalloped Hazel caterpillar?

I think this is the scarce green lichen form of the Scalloped hazel caterpillar.  Climbing into a crevice or down the trunk* on a birch along the railway line Cors Caron tonight so apologies for the photo: it was so dark!  It is the end of its larval period so looks fat enough to pupate.
 * Can't tell which is the front end!

Another Vestal

28 moths from last night's garden trap: Vestal; Common Marbled Carpet; Red-green Carpet; Spruce Carpet x 2; Large Yellow Underwing x 4; Setaceous Hebrew Character x 6; Square-spot Rustic; Angle Shades x 2; Silver Y x 4; Snout; Plutella xylostella; Epiphyas postvittana x 2; Acleris variegana and Emmelina monodactyla.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Leafmines - Cwm Clettwr and Cors Fochno

As mentioned in my previous post four of us went leafmining yesterday and came back with approximately fifty species from the two locations.  Not all mines, some larvae, pupae and a couple of adults too. Ten or so of these will need to be bred through to be sure of the species.
Tischeria ekebladella on Oak

Phyllonorycter sorbi on Rowen

Clouded Magpie larva on ?Elm
Does anyone have any idea on this as yet unidentified larva, still happily eating it's way through the leaf as I type.  Hairy and similar to some plume larva but a little too big I think.

Ynys-hir 24th Sept

We had visitors from Lancashire over the weekend who kindly offered to help us out with the micros/leafmines. See next post for leafminers.
Due to some heavy rain showers the catch was not as good as expected and we very nearly got washed away while emptying the traps hence there are not a lot of photos.
Twenty species of macros identified and nine micros plus a few aggregates. Common Marbled Carpet was the most numerous, Spruce Carpet, Pine Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet and this unusual Red-green Carpet which was actually yellower than it appears on the picture.
Autumn moths are putting in an appearance now in greater numbers - Chestnut, Red-line Quaker, Pink-barred Sallow, Autumnal Rustic, Black Rustic, Small Wainscot and we also had one Small Angle Shades which is only the fourth September record for the county.  The most striking micro for me was this Acleris cristana which I can't help but name Darth Vader...well that is what the black and white form reminds me of anyway!! ;-)

Acleris cristana

Red-green Carpet

Saturday, 24 September 2016

convolvulous hawkmoths on Skokholm

The Skokholm blog reports their 7th CH of the autumn!  Its a well illustrated read which though majoring on birds (it now has Obs status) always comments on its moth catch.