Wednesday, 29 August 2012
After missing out on one immigrant this morning (greenish warbler Great Orme) slightly made up for it with my first ever immigrant rusty-dot pearl moth caught at a trapping session at my son's house in Dyserth last night. Also my first centre-barred sallow for some time as well as a couple of yellow-barred brindle, another moth I've not seen for a while. Also my first mouse moth of year. In total 19 species so I think I'll be doing more sessions there.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Sunday, 26 August 2012
Although its been really quiet in the traps recently, I caught my first Sallow of the year last night, and also a smart Drinker. During the day, I saw two migrants Rush Veneers and a Silver Y, and also a strikingly well-marked Rhomboid Tortrix.
Does anyone have any idea what this is??
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Friday, 24 August 2012
I took my trap down to Aberystwyth last week and although the catches weren'y that good, I managed a few nice ones.
GoldSpot - always great to see.
A walk around Tregaron Bog saw the emergence of several hundred if not thousands of Dragon and Damselflies. I managed several species - Black Darter, Common Darter, Emerald Damselflt, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter, Emperor and Banded Damselfly. I also had Migrant Hawker at the caravan site.
Common Blue Damselfly
Hoverfly sp. Any help appreciated.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Three nfy in my garden last night were dingy footman (grey form), orange swift and a probable but worn white-line dart (you can just about make out some of the 6 arrow heads at the base of the wing. The small dark specimen trapped at R&R's garden in Colwyn Bay was in fact a caddis (confirmed by Liverpool Museum) while at the same trapping session the Pammeme aurita has been confirmed by CR Bryan Formstone as a first for Denbighshire (VC50).
Monday, 20 August 2012
Sunday, 19 August 2012
A few more migrant moths around today: six Rush Venners during the day, Pearly Underwing in the trap, Silver Ys and probable Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Also on the moth-front today, the first Double Kidney for Bardsey, and a Twenty-plume Moth.
Rosy Rustic- nfy
Also finally cracked the micro from my previous post. I have found it be just a strange, well-marked form of Cydia ulicetana that I have not seen before
According to Essex Moths separation by palps or underwing of Svennson's/Copper underwing is no longer reliable. They claim the only way is the upperside projections with copper typically all the same length while in Svennson's the 2 nearest the abdomen are longer and more pointed. Have to check this out next time I catch one (let 2 go this morning without checking!).
Friday, 17 August 2012
Had another trapping session at R&R Scholfield's garden in Colwyn Bay last night and added a few more to their garden list including one of those tiny micros that I can't yet put a name too. It's a slate grey colour with antennae resting forward and the nearest I can get is the dark form of ypsolopha vittella - but there are only 4 other North Wales records! It is the same colour as coleophora albitarsell and coleophora seratella/spinella but these have white legs/antennae whereas they are all dark on this moth. Sadly not great pics because of its size but any help much appreciated.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
There were a few bits about last night. I think a Red Carpet flew out of the box this morning. Another great escape. There were seconds of Blastobasis adustelle and Agriphila geniculea and a Red Chestnut and a couple of Carpets were the rest.
I think these are Common Carpet:And Common Marbled Carpet but I could be wrong on both counts. Not seen either quite as well marked or dark.
Any ideas of this from Conwy RSPB this eve: