Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Nantyffyllon moth light.


    Old lady



    Knot grass



    Knot grass, salicis form



   Black arches


   
   Ruby tiger


   

   Small rufous.
   51 sp in all on a muggy night with loads of flying ants and tiny beetles making a nuisance.
 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Garnwen 12/8/17


    Cheilosia bergenstammi



    Platycheirus rosarum



    Eristalis arbustorum






    Eristalis pertinax



    Conops quadrifasciatus.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Moth highlights of a busy July.


     Thyme plume. Ogmore down on 1st



      Small plume, Ogmore down on 1st



      Acleris schalleriana, Llangynwyd on 3rd. New for the valley



      Elachista adscitella, Alun valley on 20th, new for Glamorgan



       Elachista biatomella, Ogmore down on 20th. New for East Glamorgan, 4th county record.



       Migrant plume, Merthyr mawr on 24th. Netted by George Tordoff. New for Glamorgan.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Zaraea fasciata

Came across this sawfly species which was formely known as (Abia fasciata) but is now known as Zarea fasciata it's a very impressive sawfly at first i thought that it was some sort of bee species but i couldn't think of any species that had these chocolate brown patches on the wings so i started to think its got to be a sawfly species again feeding on the hogweed along the forestry tracks


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Lophosia fasciata

I came across this tachid fly whilst out checking the hogweed for hoverflies there has only been 105 records in the whole of UK and Ireland with just 8 records for wales and now a first record for the valley and the nearest records are Rhoose and Merthyr (correction Martyn has already logged this species in Caerau) so this is the second species to be found on opposite sides of the valley, and i think it likes forestry plantations on upland areas



Sunday, 2 July 2017

Spent the weekend outside the valley with a visit to Kenfig followed by a visit to parc slip today

A nice Volucella Zonaria was feeding on bramble blossom on side of tarmac pavement that runs upto the junction at Maesteg cemetery from Cemetery road along with a nice Microdon and my first Tachina Grossa of the year on the open fields by school. I decided to do a trip outside the valley over the weekend to kenfig pool and parc slip which turned out to be a good decision because i recorded my first sighting of Eristalinus sepulchralis at parc slip today. Other insects of note were 2 Banded General that were feeding on the Hogweed 

 Tachina Grossa

 Microdon
 Volucella Zonaria
 Stratiomys potamida Banded general

Eristalinus sepulchralis

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

New moths this week. 5 new for the valley and 12 new for my home KM square.

    Pammene germmana. Llangynwyd. New for the valley.
    Only two previous records in The moths of Glamorgan, 1921 and 1991.

   
    Calamotropha palludella, Nantyffyllon. New for square.


    Epinotia costipunctana, Nantyffyllon, new for valley.


    Epinotia signatana, Nantyffyllon, new for valley.
    Only two previous records in TMOG, 1895 and 1995.


    Coleophora trifolii, Nantyffyllon, new for valley.


    Shark, Nantyffyllon, new for square.


    Homoeosoma sinuella, Nantyffyllon, new for square.


    Catoptria margaritella, Nantyffyllon, new for square.


    Poplar grey, Nantyffyllon, new for square.


    Rhyacionia pinivorana, Nantyffyllon, new for square.
    Also new for Nantyffyllon square, Marsh oblique barred, Round winged muslin
    and Rosy footman.