Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - December 2003 - No 70
Richard Pryce

The prolonged hot sunny weather which characterised the summer and autumn of 2003 brought with it an abundance of migrant butterflies and moths of several different species. Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and Silver Ys were extremely abundant although Clouded Yellows were less so.  

But the most notable were the normally scarce migrant hawkmoths which included a Striped Hawkmoth (pictured  upper left) found by Thomas Morgan at Erw las, Llwyn-hendy (and which he later released), numerous reports of Humming-bird Hawkmoths, a Death’s-head Hawkmoth larva (pictured  lower left) feeding on potato plants in the garden of Drynllwyn, Four Roads  and two Convolvulus Hawkmoth larvae  (one of which is pictured  below) feeding on Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium) in our garden in School Road, Pwll – much to the consternation of both Ian Morgan and Barry Stewart!   We consistently fail to prevent the bindweed from strangling our garden plants but it, together with the other weeds which we leave, can have its advantages  –  again this year, although not a migrant,  we have had two Elephant Hawkmoth larvae on the Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaerion angustifolium), also seen at times on Large-flowered Evening Primrose (Oenothera glazioviana). 

What will next summer bring?