Thursday, 8 May 2014

3rd May
Slade Woodlands, near Caldicot
Daytime weather: Sunny intervals at first, improving to full sunshine later.
Temperature Max. 14.6c.

A few butterflies around but moths took centre stage.
Adela reaumurella (Green Long-horn) picture below, are a widespread species in both England and Wales and often encountered from April to June.
They are characterised by their very long antenna and can be found in small swarms.
It was the case today where over 50 were swarming around just a few wood spurge plants.

Also found were Eucosma aspidiscana (Golden rod-Bell).
This micro moth is classified as a 'very localised' species.
They were found in the woodlands last year and are seemingly thriving.
Pictured below is one of 11 observed flying in the sunshine that day.

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