03 June 2015

A distinctive froghopper

The Hemipteran froghoppers, leafhoppers and relatives are a group that I only `dabbled` with when I was actively recording invertebrates about twenty-five years or so ago. One unmistakable species that was said to be `common` in one of the popular generalist field guides of the time was Cercopis vulnerata, which I`d only recorded once (though rather frequently on that occasion), on the free-draining friable, rocky soils in the extensive Crychan Forest, right in the extreme NE of Carmarthenshire. That was in about 1993 - I have the exact date in my files.
A repeat visit to Crychan (a recommended area for the naturalist) in June 2014 revealed that this distinctive species was indeed still present, and a posting on the Carmarthenshire Moth blog prompted a comment from Sam Bosanquet that he also had it around his home near Brechfa in mid-Carmarthenshire (also abutting a forestry area). Last week, (again see the Carmarthenshire Moth blog), I recorded it in the Sawdde Valley, just north of Mynydd Du, but essentially still in the eastern part of the county.
I`ve never seen it in the well-recorded south-east of Carmarthenshire (the Llanelli area/Coalfield etc) and I was wondering if it occurred in the western part of Glamorgan? It`s very easy to recognize!


6 comments:

Caroline Gill said...

I don't think I ever saw it during the 20 years I was on the edge of Swansea, but have seen it over here in the 'far east' ... here.

Caroline Gill said...

The livelink doesn't show up much but it is there (the word here) at the end of the sentence!

Charles Hipkin said...

Yes, I've seeen it in Neath Port Talbot Ian, in roadside verges near Cimla - unmistakable! And didn't Ian Tew post something a year or two ago?

VC41Moths said...

All of the Welsh LRC data is available online, so you can see the distribution map as far as we are concerned here http://www.lrcwalesdat.org/eng/wfs_public/display_distribution_10k.php?rtvk=NHMSYS0020705260

Ian Morgan said...

Thanks all - Ian

Paul Tabor said...

had 1 in eglwys a few years ago and 1 in maesteg just a couple of weeks ago