Monday 24 August 2015

RSPB Ynys-hir Moth Event

Saturday night/Sunday morning here in north Ceredigion was wet, windy and warm.
There was a brief, brighter spell of weather on Sunday morning and a few hardy souls ventured out to inspect our catch. Thanks to all for coming, it makes our job worthwhile.
Despite the weather we had a reasonable catch of approximately 50 macro species and half that number of micro species, if not for the wind we could well have had a lot more.
The most numerous was undoubtedly Eudonia mercurella, not counted due to time constraints but triple figures in and around the traps.
Three traps were under cover as we were expecting the forecast heavy and blustery showers to be a problem and moths had not submitted their swimming certificates in advance, so thought it best to keep them as dry as possible!
We had another trap in a remote part of the reserve where we recorded August Thorn, a very much declining species, although on the main part of the reserve we only found September Thorn.
One Svensson's Copper Underwing which now seems to predominate over Copper Underwing in the county.
I will not waffle on any longer but will leave you with a photograph of Zelleria hepariella, a micro that feeds on Ash, this is only the third record for vc46.
Zelleria hepariella
Ina and Tony

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