Nature Watch

Dew on a cobweb – Caro Wilson

Butterflies and moths as seen around Rhoscolyn

Like so many species, butterfly and moth numbers are declining, largely due to modern farming methods.  But here are a few that have been seen recently around Rhoscolyn:

A Red Admiral by David Walker and a Small Tortoiseshell by Humphrey Knowles

A Speckled Wood butterfly by David Walker and a Hawk moth by Ian Walker

A great spotted woodpecker – Caro Wilson

Rare honeybee colony lost on Anglesey

Anglesey Council pest controllers have been criticised after they wiped out more than 150,000 honeybees, having allegedly mistaken them for wasps.

Workers were called to a swarm of insects in a compost bin outside a home in Llanfechell. But they reportedly failed to realise that the insects were Welsh black honeybees – which are present in less than one per cent of 250,000 hives across the UK – and killed the entire colony.

The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association began a project in 1997 to conserve the last remaining black bees, which are darker and boast thicker, longer hair and a larger body than the golden-coloured southern European bee. This allows them to keep warm in cooler climates and to be more adaptable to British weather.

A spokesman for the Council said “It appears that our usual procedure was not followed in this instance, and we will therefore be investigating the matter further.

Two Rhoscolyn sheep

The first, feeding on Rhoscolyn Head, from Caspar Verney.
And the second on White Arch from Sally Warnock.