Thursday, 25 August 2016

Redhouse Barns, 23rd August

I ran the MV over-night and in the morning recorded 38 species. High-lights were: 2 peach blossom, 1 feathered gothic, 1 poplar hawkmoth, 2 blood-vein, 1 rush veneer, 1 Calamatropha paludella and 1 horse chestnut (1st VC record for Monmouthshire).

Feathered Gothic

Peach Blossom

Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut caterpillars feed on heather. Its likely this one came in on the southerly winds from south west England.

1 comment:

  1. Well done on the Horse Chestnut, which as you say seems most likely to have originated from Somerset rather than our local heathlands given the wind direction. NBN shows scattered S Wales records, some of which are genuine (a couple of Rothamstead records are probably OK), some suspect and some most likely to be inputting errors. Your individual is pretty much the first concrete evidence that this species does occasionally appear in south Wales.