After a fruitless January and early February we finally had a specimen after running our light trap last Wednesday night (12th February). The specimen was a Pale Brindled Beauty and was found outside the trap on the adjacent wall. Hopefully many more to follow soon.
Martin Anthony has updated (to end of 2014) the butterfly distribution maps for the Vice County. You can access the maps from the link on this blog under "Monmouthshire, VC 35 - Species Lists & Distribution" found on RHS. It's good to see that many "gaps" in species' distribution are being addressed. Let's hope for a good summer, so that more of the white areas of the county map can be looked at.
15th-31st January - Chepstow Out of the cold and into the inside..to hibernate.
No trapping sessions have been conducted here at Chepstow so far this year but none the less, a few micro moth sightings have created an interest inside the house.
Note: Common micro moth names listed in brackets.
A second micro Psychoides filicivora (Fern Smut) has been sighted- the first ever for the site was recorded just a few months ago.
Also a new addition to the site here was Depressaria daucella (Dingy Flat-body) on the 15th January.
Depressaria daucella (above)
Another important new species that has been registered here was confirmed by Sam Bosanquet last year on 25th October 2014.
The micro Mompha sternipennella (Kentish cosmet) turned up.
Further sightings of this Nationally Scarce B moth have taken place in January 2015 on the 21st and 31st.
Most importantly Saturday the 31st provided two specimen's to look at and photograph in separate rooms.So not just an isolated case.
One of the moths seems deep in hibernation whilst the other is partially active.
Such is it's size, the Mompha sternipennella pictured above is set up against can you believe -wallpaper!