Sunday, 3 August 2014

Pantside, Newbridge - 3 August

I had a visit today to the Pant area near Newbridge to have a look at the landscaped colliery spoil there - it was very good for butterflies with 89 seen of 14 species: my first Grayling of the year; 42 Common Blue; Small and Essex Skipper; Small/Large & GV White; Peacock; Small Tort.; Comma; Small Copper;  Meadow Brown; Gatekeeper and, the biggest surprise, at least x12 Clouded Yellow.  In the case of the latter, I wondered if the numbers and freshness of the individuals might indicate local breeding.

On moths, a very worn 6-spot Burnet, Cinnabar Moth caterpillars, Pyrausta purpuralis and Evergestis pallidata.

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