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.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Wet night reaps rewards

Friday night before last (12th June) was a wet one.  I should have left my trap in the open-fronted woodstore but I didn't expect quite so much rain so had it on a sheet in the middle of the garden as usual.  Come the morning the trap was still going strong but things were a bit damp.  Any moths foolish enough to land on the sheet were swimming on it.  I carefully rescued as many as I could in order to preserve them enough to be able to identify them at least, and it was clear that a good variety of smaller moths were involved.  Among those that could only be identified once they'd dried out were Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana, 2 Twin-barred Knot-horns Homoeosoma sinuella, Purple Bar and 5 Clouded Silvers, all new for the year and mostly in a pretty shocking state of repair.

 Twin-barred Knot-horns Homoeosoma nebulella, North Elmham, 12th June

Inside the trap things were a bit drier, at least for the most part (quite a bit of water had dripped in but most of the eggboxes were dry).  Perhaps the highlight and good to see in the garden were 2 Small Elephant Hawkmoths.

 Small Elephant Hawkmoth, North Elmham, 12th June

Also new for the year, at least for the garden, were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana, Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, 4 Rush Marbles Bactra lancealana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, Fenland Pearl Anania perlucidalis, Broken-barred Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, Green Pug, Scorched Wing, 2 Pale Oak Beauties and Common Wave.

Fenland Pearl Anania perlucidalis, North Elmham, 12th June

Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana, North Elmham, 12th June

Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, North Elmham, 12th June

Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, North Elmham, 12th June

Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, North Elmham, 12th June

Lime-speck Pug, North Elmham, 12th June

Green Pug, North Elmham, 12th June

Scorched Wing, North Elmham, 12th June

Pale Oak Beauty, North Elmham, 12th June

The rest were Buff Rush Case-bearer Coleophora caespititiella (gen det), 4 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 2 Yellow-faced Bells Notocelia cynosbatella, Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer Crambus lathoniellus, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, 4 Common Swifts, Pebble Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Flame Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, 4 Green Carpets, 2 Mottled Pugs, 5 Common Pugs, 2 Grey Pugs, Clouded Border, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Common White Wave, 3 Light Emeralds, 2 Marbled Browns, Buff-tip, 2 Pale Tussocks, 2 Orange Footmen, 2 Common Footmen, 2 White Ermines, 2 Cinnabars, 6 Heart and Darts, 4 Small Square-spots, 2 Common Wainscots, 2 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, Rustic Shoulder-knot, 4 Brown Rustics, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Marbled Minor (gen det), 2 Middle-barred Minors, 11 Treble Lines, Spectacle and 7 Straw Dots. 

Clouded-bordered Brindle, North Elmham, 12th June

Found this spider in the house next day - any idea what species it is?

unidentified spider, North Elmham, 13th June

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