A diary of my mothing activity covering highlights and photos from my moth trapping activities. Mainly Norfolk (UK), occasionally beyond. I may mention other wildlife sightings here, especially insects, but for birds see my birding diary.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Satellite and a new Ichneumon

Three moths in the trap this morning: a Pale Brindled Beauty, a Chestnut and my first Satellite of the year.

Satellite, North Elmham, 18th February

Also an Ichneumon that looked quite distinctively marked so I thought I'd try to identify it... I think it's Ophion obscuratus - one I've never identified before.

Ophion obscuratus, North Elmham, 18th February

Also a Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana by the porch.  I've dissected the two from last weekend in the hope of confirming my presumption that they were heracliana not ciliella.  One looked a bit promising for ciliella when I saw its hindwing, but they looked identical internally and, I think, better for heracliana.  They're not easy to do even under the microscope - I shall be more confident when I've seen what a real ciliella looks like for comparison.

Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, North Elmham, 14th February

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