Saturday 18 June 2022

Rheidol Valley

I trapped on the WT reserve at Pant Da (in the Rheidol Valley) last night. A bit damp this morning, but over 50 species recorded, dominated by Mottled Beauty (25) and Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (35). Lots of firsts for the year, including  White-pinion Spotted, Burnished Brass, Green Silver-lines, Rustic, Brown Rustic, Purple Clay, Map-winged Swift and Double Square-spot; among the micros Archips xylosteana, Aleimma loeflingiana, Argyresthia conjugella, Cochylis nana, Eudonia delunella and (new for me) Strophedra nitidana.

Numbers in the garden trap are starting to rise (but still no Poplar Hawkmoth!), with Uncertain, Pale Mottled Willow, Bright-line Brown Eye and Fanfoot new for the year this week.

The leipdopteran highlights of a trip to Cors Fochno for the Nightjars on Wednesday were Pinion-streaked Snout, Four-dotted Footman and Ancylis geminana.

Not to be outdone, Aberystwyth skate park (not somewhere I spend alot of time, but surely there are Scarlet Tigers there in the Comfrey) produced Argyresthia spinosella and Epiblema foenella on Thursday evening, with Coleophora mayrella and Cochylis rupicola in the cemetery.

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