Monday, 19 August 2013

Llanymynech Rocks photos

I had been unable to attend the MMG events at Llanymynech Rocks in previous years and had read the reports with envy - so many species that I'd not yet encountered.  So I made a determined effort this year to go, and I certainly wasn't to be disappointed.  By now you should have read Peter's full report of the event, so here I've put some of my photos to complement that report, firstly some of the macros:


Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Chinese Character
Gold Spot
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Shaded Broad-bar
Small Waved Umber
Swallow Prominent
And now for a few of the many micro-moth species recorded.  No apologies for the first one (Agapeta zoegana) which I also featured in my Dolforwyn Woods photo blog last month: this one is a much better picture, I think.

Agapete zoegana
Catoptria pinella
Eulamprotes atrella
Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl)
Pyrausta cingulata
Pyrausta despicata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Stenoptilia pterodactyla (Brown Plume)
Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine)

And finally I couldn't resist including this photo of a Common Green Grasshopper nymph - just shows that you never know what might be attracted to the trap lights!

Common Green Grasshopper (nymph)

Hopefully you might also be tempted to go along to Llanymynech Rocks next year - I'm sure you'll find it worthwhile.
Peter B.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Llanymynech Rocks - 10/08/13

The event report and species list for our recent MMG event at Llanymynech Rocks can be viewed here.

Watch out for those migrant species on these mild nights

During this mild spell there have been quite e few reports of migrant activity in the county. During the last week or so there have been reports of Rush Veneer, Vestal, Dark Sword-grass, Udea furrugalis, Silver Y and on the 14 Aug I recorded this splendid pyralid species, Palpita vitrealis. This is only the second county record of this species, it was first recorded at the same site in 2006.

So come on, get those traps up and running, as you may well record something special.


Palpita vitrealis, Commins Coch, 14-08-13

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

'Moth Night' event at Llanymynech Rocks on the 10 August

Hello Everyone

Below are the details of MMG’s (Montgomeryshire Moth Group) forthcoming mothing event which is this coming Saturday, 10 August at Llanymynech Rocks. The event is being jointly hosted by the MMG and Shropshire Wildlife Trust. We have a target species for this event - the Mouse Moth a species which has eluded us for many years, so we’re hopeful of trapping it this time. So please come along and join us at this fantastic site, the only place in Montgomeryshire where you can find limestone loving species.

Full event details are:-

Venue: Llanymynech Rocks – Target Species: The Mouse Moth.
Event Date: 10 August 2013.
Event time: 8:45 at the reserve car park.
Directions: The reserve is found between Llanymynech and Pant, and is signposted from main road (A483). Heading out of Llanymynech turn left just before the Cross Guns Pub where the speed limit changes from 30 to 40 mph.
Grid Reference: SJ267218.

Montgomeryshire Moth Group (MMG) is an independent voluntary group of people interested in moths. All ages are welcome to attend events whether experts or beginners.

This year all the events are light trapping events. We set up the light traps at dusk to attract moths and then release them after identification.

You are welcome to join us for as much of the evening that suits you, we are likely to stay for several hours. However, in case of cancellation, due to poor weather or unforeseen circumstances, always ring or e-mail to check the event is on before joining us. Please bring a touch and suitable clothing.

Please note that some sites are not easy to find, so please make sure you know where the venue is before you set off.

All the best,