Friday, 8 July 2016

A nice longhorn

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the metallic longhorn moth Nemophora cupriacella sitting on a developing teasel head near Lamby tip yesterday. And then, just a few metres away, another one. I thought this species only occurred on scabious species but the books mention that it can also be found on teasel. Certainly one to look out for on waste ground.

Sam has confirmed that this is the first definite VC35 record of this natioonally scarce moth, though he has a probable record from Dingestow back in 1999.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks George. That's an excellent record. If checking Teasel, its also worth us looking for Cochylis roseana, which has only a handful of Gwent records.