Monday 26 September 2016

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

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