Ok so it might only be a December Moth... but after failing to find one last winter was nice to find my first one of the species under the works security lights this morning.
Monday, 24 November 2014
15 November - Chepstow
The picture here taken inside a moth pot, is of the micro Psychoides filicivora.
Psychoides filicivora or 'Fern Smut' as it is commonly known, is active by day and night and is classified Nationally as 'Local'.
This one was found in the daytime resting upon a wall.
County micro moth recorder Sam Bosanquet informs me that very few records exist for Vice county 35.
This one apparently was just the 6th recording, but ties in nicely with the previous 5 as all were recorded from the Wye Valley.
The Wye Valley provides a ideal habitat and hosts a variety of ferns upon which the moth feeds upon.
The moth is incredibly small even for a micro, which may play a part in the fact that not many have been recorded as it could be easily overlooked.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Thursday, 6 November 2014
The last 5 nights on the nightshifts have seen wind, rain, frost, fog and temps down to 3°... The moth activity under the works security lights has been dire.... With just these two moths a Feathered Thorn and a dark form of Mottled Umber the fruits of my efforts while out on my coffee breaks.