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.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Brindled Beauty, Purple Thorn, Streamers and some pan-ticks

Monday night was much the same as recent nights except for the addition of this Early Thorn.

Early Thorn, North Elmham, 13th April

Otherwise just the usual stuff, if in marginally larger numbers: Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, 2 Small Quakers, 3 Common Quakers, 5 Clouded Drabs, 7 Hebrew Characters and 2 Early Greys.

A Hoverfly was identified as my first Heringia heringi - at least it was probably this species but there are some rarer species of Heringia that can't be absolutely ruled out without reference to the genitalia.

presumed Heringia heringi, North Elmham, 13th April

Tuesday evening was much better though with 11 species, all macros (where are all my micros??).  Best from a personal perspective was this Brindled Beauty - though a common and widespread species it's one that's always eluded me before, save for one Dave brought round a few days ago.

Brindled Beauty, North Elmham, 14th April

Equally impressive was this Purple Thorn:

Purple Thorn, North Elmham, 14th April

Equally attractive and also new for the year were 2 Streamers:

Streamer, North Elmham, 14th April

The rest were 2 Early Thorns, Oak Beauty, 2 Small Quakers, 5 Common Quakers, 3 Clouded Drabs, 6 Hebrew Characters, Early Grey and Chestnut. Of these the Chestnut was notable for being an extremely small individual - wing length of 12 mm (normally 14-15 mm) - and one of the Small Quakers was well marked:

Small Quaker, North Elmham, 14th April

Chestnut, North Elmham, 14th April

As if anyone needed proof that spiders are nasty, evil creatures, check out the skull pattern on this Black Lace-weaver Spider, the first time I've identified this species.

Black Lace-weaver Spider, North Elmham, 14th April

Googling 'skull abdomen spider' gets more hits for False Widow Spider but the supposed skull pattern on them isn't half as good as on this beast.  Anyway, an utterly horrid creature, making this caddisfly look attractive.  It seems to be Glyphotaelius pellucidus, the first time I've identified that too, though in doing so I found one among some unidentified caddisflies I'd photographed previously.  The notch in the rear edge of the wing seems to be diagnostic, I think.

Glyphotaelius pellucidus, North Elmham, 14th April

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