Following Sam's plea for people to look out for day-flying micros, I obliged today with a splendid Hysterophora maculosana flying around bluebells, the larval foodplant, at Llanmelin Hillfort. This is a great site for micro-moths though I didn't see much else today apart from a few Micropterix tunbergella and a larval case of Psyche casta.
I was there to count Drab Loopers, and had 16 of those on the timed count compared with 6 a week ago. Hopefully numbers will increase further over the next week or two. A Grizzled Skipper was a welcome sighting too.
At Slade Wood I didn't see any Drab Loopers but was pleased to net the leaf beetle Clytra quadripunctata flying near some wood ant nests (the larvae develop in the nests). It's quite a scarce beetle and this is the only site at which I've encountered it.
Saturday, 5 May 2018
The diurnal Micro season is really getting going (at last), with calm conditions and sunny weather making a lot of tiny species flutter around or sit on bushes ready for beating. Please try to catch some Eriocrania on birch before their short season ends, and look for Metriotes lutarea (a grey Coleophora lookalike) on the flowers of Greater Stitchwort. Esperia sulphurella are all over the place, and are easily netted in the early morning, and Phyllonorycter quercifoliella was fluttering around oak trees at 07:30 this morning. The photo shows a Grapholita jungiella I spotted at Cwm Celyn (NW VC35) on 5/5 - the 6th county record and the first time I've seen it in Gwent.