Sunday, 22 May 2011

Tyntesfield Bioblitz 20 May 2011

The Cafe Birders joined in the Bioblitz at Tyntesfield National Trust on Friday night and ran 7 traps until about 03.00 on Saturday morning.  It was rather cold, but, nevertheless, we caught 50 macro species, the highlight of which was a Beautiful Snout. Previous records in the Bristol Region were in 1956, 1958, 1969 and one between 1986 and 1991.  What an elegant moth!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Small Eggar Larval Webs

These pictures were taken on 17 May 2011 near Mill Leaze sluice.  A walk along the road near Dowlais today revealed at least eight more such webs.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Silver-striped Hawk-moth

Previous records in the Bristol region were in 1925, 1886, 1885, 1884, 1869 and 1852, so there was much excitement when this moth was discovered in a trap on Walton Common at dawn on 6 May 2011.  Two stunning patch ticks within a week - will this be a bumper year, or is it all downhill from here?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Windy Night on Weston Moor, 30 April 2011

An evening's trapping produced 37 Macro species, which was well down on the bumper numbers of the previous weekend at a nearby site in the Gordano Valley.  However, it did produce a Glaucous Shears - the first Avon record since 1970: