On the plus side the discovery of Star-wort (Cucullia asteris) larvae feeding on Goldenrod was a highlight. I am aware of only four other post-2000 records of this Nationally Notable moth in Glamorgan, all just singletons of adults, so the discovery of a breeding population is very significant.
Bumblebees were generally rather scarce, but three noteworthy species were recorded, Brown-banded Carder Bumblebee (Bombus humilis) [a BAP priority species], Red-shanked Carder Bumblebee (B. ruderarius) and Heath Bumblebee (B. jonellus).
|Heath Bumblebee on Goldenrod|
|large drift of Early Goldenrod about to burst into flower|
|Orange-peel Clematis seed head...|
...perhaps the inspiration for Dr Seuss's Truffula Trees?