Saturday, 24 May 2014

Up on the hill

I managed to find a really nice area of Bilberry and other moorland shrubs amongst the wasteland of sheep pasture on the Cere side of the Pysgotr valley on Wed.  Sun was shining and I kicked up a lot of common heath (pic 2) but one was much brighter, much smaller and more active so top pic is the best I could manage with an old Lumix compact.  Although it didn't settle with its wings folded that might have been the breeze, on close up its wings are a bit distorted and it only landed the once.  It certainly was a different, more spreadeagled shape to the Commons so I think its a Latticed. Anyone going to corroborate or otherwise?
I also managed to get a pic of this very attractive gold-ish micro which I think is Nemapotogon swammerdamella, supposed to be common but I only saw one in about 2 ha of suitable habitat.

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  1. It could easily be swammerdamella, but I'd need the wingspan to be sure. My money on your other one is still Common Heath.

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    1. I'll send you another pic.
      Re Common Heath: I know they are very variable but it was the small size of the other one which alerted me, prob an under-nourished female!

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