An hour netting on Westland Green this afternoon gave first views for the year of a single 6 spot burnet moth, along with a few crambids, silver Y, shaded broad bar and Aphelia paleana. Also, an as yet unidentified Eucosma species looks interesting. Shall require gen det to name to species and even then this may be inconclusive. However, chance that it is a good moth for the county, so worth persevering.
Edit:The interesting Eucosma species turned out to be a new for my parish records, a Eucosma hohenwartiana. A very difficult family to identify, even with dissection, so huge thanks to Graeme for carrying this process out. A good local record.
|Gypsonoma dealbana, new for my parish records|
|relatively unworn V pug|
|6 spot burnet|
|.....................but identifying by colour of end of antennae does preclude it has them!! The left one looks dark enough to rule out Small skipper|
Afterwards, a quick trip on to Ash Valley golf club gave up no moths apart from a few crambids but the ragwort was covered with cinnabar moth larvae. At least 50 caterpillars in a small area. More marbled whites and meadow browns.
The just into bloom garden buddleia is attracting small tortoiseshells, meadow browns, a solitary comma and 2 gatekeepers. Keeping a look out for both hummingbird hawkmoth and painted lady.
|cinnabar larvae on ragwort.|