Thursday, 27 July 2017

Penyclawdd Wood revisited

I spent a lot of time mothing in Penyclawdd Wood in the early 2000s but haven't been there much at night recently.  A torch-lit check of the former Glow-worm colony (seemingly now gone) produced a reasonable range of moths, with good numbers nectaring on Hemp Agrimony flowers (eg 30+ Small Fan-footed Wave, 20+ Dingy Footman, 10+ Rustic, 10+ Common Rustic sp and various micros).  It was pleasing to find that a number of Micros associated with Fleabane and Hemp Agrimony are still present in the wood's main ride, including the Cochylid Phtheochroa inopiana, the Gelechid Apodia bifractella and the plumes Oidaematophorus lithodactyla and Adaina microdactylaBlastobasis lacticolella were commonplace, and I netted 6 Bordered Beauty, a couple of Devon Carpet and a Treble-bar.  36 species in total, all with torch & net.

The lid of the tube is the same size - Adaina is barely half the width of the tube whereas Oedaematophorus is full width!
Phtheochroa inopiana - plain for a Cochylid but quite large

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