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.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Garnwen this morning

A day off work so decided to take a stroll up Garnwen forestry i've been hoping for a certain species of hoverfly to appear along the forestry track for some time now, and at last i managed to find Eriozona syrphoides with just 2 records for glamorgan according to NBN gateway so not a common species at all but likes the forestry habitat its a northern and western species as shown below

Its a new hover for me and also a new addition to the valley list




Saturday, 20 August 2016

Bits and pieces from the last two weeks.


        Dean found a female Small blue behind the new school on 12th august, a new butterfly for the
        valley. I went up the day after and found this worn male.


     Tenthredo notha, Nanty old railway line.


    Epinotia cinereana. New for the valley, came to light in Dean's field on 16th


    Dark umber, Merthyr mawr 15th august


      Small waved umber, Merthyr mawr


       Glow worm, Merthyr mawr


       Mouse moth, Magor marsh, 6th august


     Elachista maculicerusella, Magor marsh


     Monochroa pallustrellus, Magor marsh.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Small blue butterfly

31/07/2016
Small blue butterfly seen behind maesteg comp .Photos confirmed by Paul Parsons. First record for the valley confirmed by Martyn Hnatiuk .











Friday, 12 August 2016

BEHIND MAESTEG COMP

08/07/2016

Brief walk along the new pathways brought a variety of butterfly species i also seen my first hummingbird hawk moth which was a real treat .Nice to see a dark green fritillary after the site was disturbed by the recent landscaping .Other butterfly seen but not photographed was a small blue .
DARK GREEN FRITILLARY 

COMMON BLUE MALE

COMMON BLUE MALE

COMMON BLUE FEMALE

SMALL COPPER

SMALL COPPER

RED ADMIRAL

RED ADMIRAL

GATEKEEPER

SPECKLED WOOD

SMALL SKIPPER
                         

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Garnwen

Nice to see the sun out today lots of hovers in flight up garnwen mainly on the Ragwort and was nice to come across the not so common Nowickia ferox only a dozen or so records in glamorgan of this tachnid fly also my favourite hover of the day Helophilus trivittatus. I have only seen one of these before today yet there were 4 in a 100 yd stretch



Nowickia ferox

Helophilus trivittatus note the only helophilus species without facial stripe and large pale yellow abdomen patches it is also much larger in the field