13 August 2012

Two new moths for Gorseinon

Although insect numbers have been significantly down during 2012, the garden moth trap produced 84 species over the last two nights, proving that there are still reasonable numbers of moths out there. Despite 17 years of trapping we do still encounter the odd new species for the garden and on Sunday morning Glamorgan and possibly Wales' first Cydia amplana was in the trap. This tortrix moth is a scarce migrant that has been appearing in small numbers along the south coast in recent days. Small Argent & Sable, a heathland species so presumably a wanderer, was another addition to the garden list this morning.
Small Argent & Sable
Cydia amplana

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