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.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Makes a change

Makes a change from other people reporting a good variety of moths and me not catching much - last night several friends reported a disappointing night with little new while I caught 5 new moths for the year.  Mind you, they were all very common species, and there wasn't much else, but still, 5 new moths for the year when you trap every day still feels good.

The new moths for the year were White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Red Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Pale Tussocks, Bright-line Brown-eye and Spectacle.

Pale Tussock, North Elmham, 8th May

Red Twin-spot Carpet, North Elmham, 8th May

Bright-line Brown-eye, North Elmham, 8th May

Spectacle, North Elmham, 8th May

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, North Elmham, 8th May

More moths were new for the year than not: the rest were Brindled Pug, Swallow Prominent, Hebrew Character and Early Grey. 

 Swallow Prominent, North Elmham, 8th May

Also gen detted a micro Dave brought me round to check.  It was pretty worn so not an easy ID based on external features.  Having said that, I did tentatively arrive at what turned out to be the correct ID: Scarce Cosmet Mompha jurassicella.  Living up to its common name (love them or loathe them) there are very few Norfolk records of this species, so he done well, again.

Scarce Cosmet Mompha jurassicella (male, gen det), collected from Dereham by DN, 3rd May

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