Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Insects from the valley yesterday.


    Rutpela maculata


    Cantharis nigricans


     Argogorytes mystaceus


    Amblyteles armatorious.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Caerau.


       Forester moth found by Martyn Hnatiuk, the 898th moth for the Llynfi valley.

Kenfig dunes yesterday.


        Fen orchids


                  Early marsh ordhid. ssp coccinea


       Early marsh orchid. ssp ochroleuca


        Twayblade


       Marsh helleborine


         Pyramidal orchid


         Bee beetle.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Llangynwyd today


   Nemophora degeerella


    Rutpela maculata


    Pyrochroa serraticornis - Red headed cardinal beetle, and below.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Garnwen moth light. PP+MH.


    Welsh wave


   Red necked footman


   Eyed hawkmoth


   Beautiful golden Y


    Beetle sp.
    49 species in all, highlights were Scorched wing, Bordered straw, Narrow winged pug
    and a micro yet to be identified.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

New hoverfly species for the valley

Martyn Hnatiuk had a Parhelophilus species flying around in the woodland just before the sewage works woodland in llangynwyd but couldn't get a photo. There was a break in the weather on Sunday so i decided to take a look and after an hour or so i managed to locate a pair next to the stream where Martyn had seen one previously. They are a very smart hover but very difficult to pin to species in fact i had trouble telling the males and females apart as the eyes on both sexes don't meet at the top of the head where as on other hovers the males eyes touch on top of the head, female Parhelophilus has a tapered abdomen but this isn't as obvious as i was expecting in the field.There are 3 species in all, the two commoner ones are P.frutetorum and P.versicolor and the third which is rarer P.consimilis which is darker and more yellower than the other two. P.frutetorum has long haired tubercle on the underside of their hind femur but despite trying to get reasonable photos of the hind femur it wasn't enough to convince the experts that this was P.versicolor as the angles of the photos just wasn't good enough so i think another try to get this to species is on the cards if possible photos below




here is a photo above that i've downloaded that shows the tubercle of hairs on hind femur of P.fruteforum

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Llangynwyd last night.


   Peppered moth, Lobster moth and Peach blossom


   Green arches


   Argyresthia cupressella - New for me and the valley.


   Hornet.
   48 sp in all.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Merthyr mawr last night.


   Ran the light until 2AM and saw 311 moths of 98 species. Also Glow worm seen.
   Highlights were 8 Small elephant hawkmoth, 6 Lobster moth, Pretty chalk carpet,
   Miller, Valerian pug, Campion, Light brocade, Mompha lacteella and a new moth
   for me, Euspilapteryx auroguttella.


   Green carpet


   Sandy carpet


    Alder moth


   Orange footman


   Glow worm.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Abercregan last night.


    Beautiful snout



    Green carpet



    Scorched wing



    Seraphim



   Chocolate tip.
   41 species in total