Monday, 27 June 2016
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Monday, 20 June 2016
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
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
Sunday, 5 June 2016
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.