Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Hornet Clearwing at Dingestow
There have been several sightings of Hornet Clearwing reported on Twitter recently, so I thought I'd give it a try at Dingestow. I headed down to a line of mature Poplars before work and checked several trunks without success. Then a 'hornet' flew past me, and I netted it just in case. It was audibly buzzing in the net, which I didn't realise Hornet Clearwings did, but sure enough it was my first ever sighting of this species (and I've never seen Lunar Hornet either). This appears from NBN and the VC35 Macro list to be the first record for Monmouthshire and one of very few from Wales: two from the Neath/Swansea area at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, and one or two from Flintshire. I was, like the moth, absolutely buzzing!
As well as the clearwing, I beat a few Micros from Alders, with Caloptilia falconipennella being the highlight.