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.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Broad-bordered White, Green Silver-lines and a Ghost

Of the 51 species recorded on Thursday 18th only 3 were new for the year, and two of them overdue: Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis and Dark Arches.  The third was more impressive, a species I only saw for the first time this time last year: Broad-bordered White.

Broad-bordered White, North Elmham, 18th June

Not quite as scarce but looking good in the adjacent eggbox compartment to the Broad-bordered White was this Varied Coronet.

Varied Coronet, North Elmham, 18th June

Continuing the trend white-and-black to black-and-white moths, here's a Marbled Minor.  Dissection confirmed both this species and Tawny Marbled Minor present.

Marbled Minor (male, gen det), North Elmham, 18th June

Tawny Marbled Minor (male, gen det), North Elmham, 18th June

Always good to get 4 species of Hawkmoth: Privet Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth and Elephant Hawkmoth.

Elephant Hawkmoth, North Elmham, 18th June

Eyed Hawkmoth, North Elmham, 18th June

The others were Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, 3 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 3 Hook-streaked Grass-Veneers Crambus lathoniellus, 6 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 3 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Blood-vein, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 5 Silver-ground Carpets, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Common Pug, Treble-bar, Brimstone Moth, Common White Wave, 2 Light Emeralds, Pale Tussock, Scarce Footman, 5 Common Footmen, 3 Buff Ermines, Cinnabar, 10 Heart and Darts, Flame, 2 Flame Shoulders, 4 Ingrailed Clays, 3 Small Square-spots, Shears, Lychnis, Common Wainscot, 2 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, Rustic Shoulder-knot, 4 Brown Rustics, Middle-barred Minor, 5 Treble Lines, Uncertain, Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic, 2 Burnished Brasses, Spectacle and 3 Snouts.

Treble-bar, North Elmham, 18th June

Orange Ladybird, North Elmham, 18th June

Friday also saw 51 species, including new for the year Ghost Moth, Heart and Club, Small Angle Shades and perhaps my favourite moth of all, Green Silver-lines.

Ghost Moth, North Elmham, 19th June

Green Silver-lines, North Elmham, 19th June

Heart and Club, North Elmham, 19th June

Small Angle Shades, North Elmham, 19th June

The others were Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pellionella (gen det), White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 2 Plum Tortrices Hedya pruniana, 5 Hook-streaked Grass-Veneers Crambus lathoniellus, 2 Meadow Greys Scoparia pyralella, 7 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Common Swift, Treble Brown Spot, 5 Silver-ground Carpets, 3 Common Marbled Carpets, 2 Common Pugs, 2 Clouded Borders, 2 Scorched Wings, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, 2 Mottled Beauties, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Orange Footman, 4 Common Footmen, 4 White Ermines, 2 Buff Ermines, Cinnabar, 7 Heart and Darts, 4 Flame Shoulders, Ingrailed Clay, 2 Small Square-spots, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Nutmeg, Bright-line Brown-eye, Common Wainscot, 2 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, Rustic Shoulder-knot, 4 Brown Rustics, Dusky Brocade, Marbled Minor (gen det), Tawny Marbled Minor (gen det), 3 Middle-barred Minors, 10 Treble Lines, 3 Uncertains, 2 Spectacles, 4 Straw Dots and Snout. 

Dusky Brocade, North Elmham, 19th June

Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 19th June

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