Sunday, 29 May 2016


The above crab spider Xysticus cristatus took a fancy to a piece of Swollen-thighed Beetle for lunch yesterday up at Hirwaun Sidings - the Beetle had other thoughts however, and managed a rapid getaway. I did pick up three new moths for the year, plenty of Burnet Companion, a Common Wave and a lifer in the shape of the tortix Eupoecilia angustana, but no sign of any Green Hairstreaks.
 On to Bryn Du, and a surprise in the shape of my second every Red-necked Footman.
Three Smooth Newt were watched - a couple of males displaying to a female. A quick look at the Pyramidal Orchid site saw over 30 basal rosette's noted in a small area (didn't go through the whole area), so looks like we could be in for a great display this year.


  1. Hi martin i just beem up bryn du and i got a male small blue and shows still present .

  2. Great to here that the Small Blues are still there. Hopefully, with the work that has been done there, they and the Pyramidal Orchids should benefit.
    I too failed to see any Green Hairstreaks at the sidings, last weekend.

  3. So Where was you looking by on the site