On Bank holiday Monday I had the opportunity to spend an evening with Martin Anthony, Gwent county recorder for butterflies and moths. Martin, as a member of The
Monmouthshire Moth Recording Group, spends time running moth traps throughout the county, and this year Cefn Ila has been one of his sites.
We set up our light (a mercury vapour bulb, which is exceptionally bright) in the car park and awaited some moths. The evening was warm and still, which is excellent mothing weather.
Over the course of the next few hours Martin identified over 30 species of moths, and I added some caddisflies, some beetles, hundreds of lesser water boatmen, several
harvestmen, a species of slug, three wasps, and a hornet. No rarities were recorded, but Martin’s efforts have put the Cefn Ila moth list at around 70 species so far (of about 550 species known from the county). In the course of the evening I learned to recognise a number of species that were new to me, and it was a pleasant evening all round.
My thanks to Martin Anthony for his time and excellent company.
Written By Mike Kilner, Woodland Trust Volunteer at Cefn Ila.
Species list for the night was as follows (more fantastic moth names!):
Heart and Dart
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Svensson’s Copper Underwing