Sunday, 3 July 2016

Infurcitinea argentimaculella

A full morning looking for insects in the Dingestow fields was a bit of a luxury, thanks to Clare taking the kids away for the weekend.  Highlight, and the 491st Dingestow Micro, was Infurcitinea argentimaculella, though it didn't come from my searching: it was waiting on the outside of the kitchen window when I returned at lunchtime.


Otherwise, it was quite hard work finding any Lepidoptera despite the sunshine and nice habitats.  2 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet and 3 Six-spot Burnet were pleasing, and a Marbled White was my first here since 1999 (though I haven't looked that often).  An Ochsenheimeria vacculella swept from grassland was the 2nd Dingestow and 3rd Gwent record of this obscure Micro.  Cydia nigricana were locally plentiful on Tares in one field, and the similar-looking Grapholita tenebrosana was beaten from a hedge.  3 more Stathmopoda pedella (from 2 different areas) suggest this species is having a good year.


The Longhorn Beetle Leiopus nebulosus was new for the site - the 16th species here.


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