Saturday, 28 May 2016

Maesteg cemetery area

A walk around the cemetery area starting with the pond at Maesteg comprehensive school. Here i came across the first Anasimyia contracta for the valley recording scheme but caution must be taken as this could also be the rarer Anasimyia transfuga but need a photo from directly above to be 100%.

Also at the pond was a Black horned cleg haemotopota crassicornis

A walk around the meadows and rear of council yard at cemetery
Merodon equestris
        Anthomyia procellaris

pipizini species

Epistrophe nitidicollis

Monday, 16 May 2016

Llangynwyd sewage works

New species of hoverfly for the valley, i've been searching the marshy habitat near the sewage works for Chalcosyrphus nemorum all spring in the hope of coming across one, but today i not only found one but 3, one was on buttercup next to the road the other two on vegetation near the Marsh marigold in the woods a new species for me personally so very happy also the first of the Platycheirus rosarum and granditarsus that has been recorded on the UK HOVERFLIES face book page this year

Chalcosyrphus nemorum above
 Platycheirus granditarsus above
 Platycheirus rosarum above
Leucozona lucorum 

Thursday, 12 May 2016


A few beetles from Garnwen

A large Pine Weevil Hylobius abietis

A common sexton beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides

Monday, 9 May 2016

Llangynwyd moth light.

    Least black arches
    Semioscopis steinkellneriana, new for the valley.
     Dyseriocrania subpurpurella
    Eriocrania semipurpurella/ sangii.
    A very warm night, the temp was still 18 degrees at 1;30am.
    87 moths of 29 species.

Saturday, 7 May 2016


A walk along the forestry track checking out the dandelion for some hoverflies species and was rewarded with a few Chrysotoxum arcuatum 4 in total also had my first Sericomyia silentis of the year followed by my first Leucozona lucorum of the year. But the best was saved for last a first for the valley and i think Glamorgan which has been agreed by some experts but not fully by Roger morris but he seems to think its good for Parasyrphus malinellus he's not back until monday to get the confimation that i need so fingers crossed. Also cuckoo calling sedge and grasshopper singing along with 2 pairs of crossbill in conifers

 Parasyrphus malinellus above and below

map showing sightings on NBN gateway
 Chrysotoxum arcuatum

Llangynwyd moth light.

    Oak nycteoline
    Pale tussock
    Epinotia immundana
    Shoulder stripe
   Grey birch.
   25 sp in total on a mild night, c13 degrees up until 1AM.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Merthyr mawr.

    Grizzled skipper
    Pyrausta ostrinalis
    Pyrausta cingulata
   Glyphipterix foscoviridella.
   Also Brimstone, Orange tip and Dingy skippers.