Friday, 3 February 2017

IMPERIAL PARK

Not seen a moth since 10.1.17 It's either RAIN. WIND. or too damn COLD sometimes all three at the same time.

The night of 2.2.17 was windy with some heavy rain & 6°.

I did'nt hold out much hope of finding any moths under the works security lights when i checked them at 0615 prior to the start of a dayshift.

But i found this Acleris umbrana.

Sam tells me it is a new micro species for Gwent.

Acleris umbrana

Showing scale tufts.

5 comments:

  1. What a stunning Micro! This seems to be the first Welsh record for many decades of this rare Tortricid. Apparently most recent British records are from SW England, and I suspect that Mel's moth was blown across the Bristol Channel on recent strong winds.

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  2. Well done Melvin! Excellent find.
    It has been difficult to find any moths I agree.
    I come up with 14 records so far this year and I have not really 'gone at it' as yet (weather dependent).
    You have to be a little lucky and very vigilant this time of year, which is not to distract from what you have found Mel by the way.
    A little praise and encouragement with new discoveries be it on a personal level or county-wise goes a long way I find, so a well done from me (with a hint of jealousy)!

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  3. Amazingly, Lance Hutchings caught an Acleris umbrana east of Newport about 10 days after Mel's. Two in such quick succession suggests this rare species might have colonised VC35, whereas I thought Mel's might have been a blow-in from SW England.

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  4. Lance has now caught two more Acleris umbrana, so they are definitely resident in the Newport area.

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