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On day 8 of #30DaysWild I paid my first visit to the Aberbargoed Grasslands, with my friend Sharon. We were hoping to spot some of the Marsh fritillaries this National Nature Reserve is known for but, sadly, we didn’t even see one. Perhaps the overcast weather had sent them into hiding. The good news is that I saw my first Small copper butterfly for the year, we saw a small number of Common blue butterflies and a few whites. We also spotted several moths, the most spectacular of which was a group of five male long-horn moths, Nemophora degeerella. They were dazzling, even on a grey day, and just look at the length of those horns!

180608 1 Small copper

Small copper butterfly

180608 2 Common blue

A Common blue butterfly feeding on meadow thistles

180608 Large white

Large white butterfly

180608 4 Nemophora degeerella

A long-horn moth, Nemophora degeerella

180608 5 Nemophora degeerella

Look at the length of those horns!