Thursday 30 May 2013

A better night on Borth bog

At last a night when the temperature stayed in double figures. Our two Heath traps produced 14 macro moths and 3 micros. Most of the moths looked very fresh, suggesting that the warmer weather had brought them out. Species included Broom moth, Pebble prominent, Flame carpet, Hebrew character, Red chestnut, Flame shoulder, Brown silver-line, Brimstone moth, Grey birch, Puss moth, and Ruddy highflyer.

Grey birch
Puss moth

There have been 65 county records for Ruddy highflyer, of which 12 were recorded on Cors Fochno post 2000 between 22 April and 31 May. (all by Mike Bailey)
Ruddy highflyer
Unfortunately I released this moth on to a silver birch tree but there was lots of willow in the area. Here is the distribution map for Ruddy highflyer in the county.

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