Saturday, 5 May 2018

Daytime micros

The diurnal Micro season is really getting going (at last), with calm conditions and sunny weather making a lot of tiny species flutter around or sit on bushes ready for beating.  Please try to catch some Eriocrania on birch before their short season ends, and look for Metriotes lutarea (a grey Coleophora lookalike) on the flowers of Greater Stitchwort.  Esperia sulphurella are all over the place, and are easily netted in the early morning, and Phyllonorycter quercifoliella was fluttering around oak trees at 07:30 this morning.  The photo shows a Grapholita jungiella I spotted at Cwm Celyn (NW VC35) on 5/5 - the 6th county record and the first time I've seen it in Gwent.

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