Monday, 26 September 2016

New valley micro's.

    Parectopa ononidis, mine upperside. On Red clover.

    Parectopa oninidis, mine underside

    Parectopa oninidis, larva.

    Mompha terminella, mine on Enchanter's nightshade.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wryneck at Dunraven

The staying and very friendly Wryneck was showing superbly today on path just above cliff next to road on hill to Dunraven car park the bird as been present for a few days now and looks very settled 



Monday, 12 September 2016

Colletes hederae found at kenfig river on ivy

Colletes hederae 
Was recorded as new to Britain in 2001 when Ian Cross discovered specimens at Langton Matravers in Dorset. Since then, the bee has spread across much of southern England (as far north as Shropshire, Staffordshire & Norfolk) and into south Wales. It is now extremely plentiful in some coastal localities, and increasingly, inland. Peak activity matches the flowering period of its key pollen forage plant, Ivy (Hedera helix), and the species is on the wing from early September until early November. This makes it the last solitary bee species to emerge each year. BWARS has been mapping the spread since its discovery in Britain 15 years ago.

NBN GATEWAY MAP OF SPECIES



Thursday, 1 September 2016

LLANGYNWYD SEWAGE WORKS

After seeing Martyn's report of two Sericomyia superbiens on his caerau blog i decided to take a look once i arrived back off holidays and managed to track one down further along than Martyn's sightings it was feeding on a Daisy plant just inside the fence line of the sewage works a lifer for me and thanks to Martyn a new addition to the llynfi list i've also attached some of the wildlife that i had in Rhodes this week including a stunning hoverfly

Sericomyia superbiens below




Hooded crow

 Red backed shrike
Red veined darter darter Dragonflies id by Martyn


 Eriostalinus taeniops hoverfly
Millet skipper butterfly
species id by Martyn
Yellow wagtail
Stripped Shield bug species
Scarce Swallow tailed butterfly id by Martyn
 White wagtail




Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Merthyr mawr moth light.


     Portland moth


     Canary shouldered thorn


      Archers dart


      Feathered gothic


      Old lady


        Angles shades.
        39 species in all, but no migrants yet.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Llangynwyd moth light.


       Peach blossom


   V-pug


     Ypsolopha sequella, new for the valley


     Stenolechia gemmella, new for the valley


     Gracillaria syringella.
     Only 40 species on a warm, still night, c18 degrees. Quality over quantity though, with 19
     species of micro, two of which were valley firsts (see pics).

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Merthyr mawr warren last night.


      Portland moth. First Glamorgan record for 14 years of this declining species.


     Portland moth.


     Lesser wax moth


     Feathered gothic


     Archers dart


     Yellow belle


      Sunset.
      46 moth species in all, the highglights being the Portland moth, Crassa unitella, Hedge rustic,
      Double kidney, Swallowtail moth and Oak eggar.