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!