Sunday, 11 October 2015

9th October
Chepstow

A poor turn out -however
The original forecast for this evening was for quite extensive cloud cover, however the expected cloud never really arrived until after 3.30am when a temperature rise started to take place. Before hand cool clear skies must have restricted the catch, so by dawn just 6 moths of 6 species turned up.
A dreadful night you might say, apart from this immigrant/resident, a L-album Wainscot.
This was a very pleasing first for me here. Who cares about numbers when you get moths like this turn up!
Martin Anthoney kindly informs me that it has become established in South Wales. Sightings in Vice County 35 recently, have been made in 2011 and 2013 at Newport Wetlands and Portskewett.
I read the moth likes slightly salty ditches and caterpillars feed on grasses. I suppose plenty of both appear in around the coastline of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary- a favourable habitat for it to thrive perhaps?


L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album)

2 comments:

  1. Hi Nick - 2013 record was at Black Rock on 7 October, you'll find details on this blog.

    Cheers, Richard

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  2. Thanks Richard.
    I remember Kevin, yourself and others running the series of traps there on a monthly basis, for I took part in two of them. A good experience for me.
    So it looks like nearly two years to the day between sightings!

    regards, Nick

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