25 May 2010

Bishop's Wood Biodiversity Blitz

Chris Manley, David Painter, Veronia Shenston and myself joined other recorders last Saturday evening as part of the 24 hour Biodiversity Blitz event organised by the City and County of Swansea's Biodiversity Unit.
Although temperatures dropped quite quickly and moth numbers weren't great for the time of year, we did manage to notch up 75 species including the following local species: Phycitodes saxicola, Cream Wave, Grass Rivulet, Golden-rod Pug, Small Seraphim, Scorched Carpet & Beautiful Brocade

Small Waved Umber - larvae feed on Traveller's Joy

Scorched Carpet - larvae feed on Spindle

Pseudoswammerdamia combinella -
a small species infrequently recorded

We also found 7-spot, 10-spot, Cream-spot, and Harlequin Ladybirds, the latter a very recent arrival to our area.

Harlequin Ladybird

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