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, 31 August 2015

A new Coleophora and a new Phyllonorycter

Another excellent night on 3rd August with 409 moths of 107 species.  The highlights were mainly micros and among them were two that were new for me: Small Alder Midget Phyllonorycter stettinensis and Downland Case-bearer Coleophora lixella.

Downland Case-bearer Coleophora lixella, North Elmham, 3rd August

Small Alder Midget Phyllonorycter stettinensis, North Elmham, 3rd August

I was also pleased to get Bittersweet Smudge Acrolepia autumnitella and Mouse-ear Groundling Caryocolum fraternella - species I have only recorded once or twice before.

 Mouse-ear Groundling Caryocolum fraternella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 3rd August

Bittersweet Smudge Acrolepis autumnitella, North Elmham, 3rd August

Also new for the year for the garden were Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana, Pale-bordered Piercer Grapholita janthinana, Sharp-winged Drill Dichrorampha acuminatana and (belatedly) Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata.

 Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana (male, gen det), North Elmham, 3rd August

Pale-bordered Piercer Grapholita janthinana, North Elmham, 3rd August

Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, North Elmham, 3rd August

Sharp-winged Drill Dichrorampha acuminitana, North Elmham, 3rd August

Other micros were 16 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, White-headed Ermel Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Golden Lance-wing Epermenia chaerophyllella, 3 Golden-brown Tubics Crassa unitella, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, 3 Dark Groundlings Bryotropha affinis, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica, 3 Gorse Crests Brachmia blandella, 2 Orange Crests Helcystogramma rufescens, 3 Dingy Dowds Blastobasis adustella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, 2 Grey Tortrices Cnephasia stephensiana, 2 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 3 Holly Tortrices Rhopobota naevana, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana, Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana, 3 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, 3 Round-winged Drills Dichrorampha simpliciana, 6 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella, 60 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 53 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, 2 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 12 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Beautiful China-marks Nymphula stagnata, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata, 2 Elder Pearls Anania coronata, 19 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 3 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, North Elmham, 3rd August

The macros were Ghost Moth, 3 Chinese Characters, Large Emerald, 2 Blood-veins, 2 Least Carpets, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, 9 Single-dotted Waves, Small Scallop, 16 Riband Waves, 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Shaded Broad-bar, Yellow Shell, 2 July Highflyers, Small Rivulet, Slender Pug, 3 Wormwood Pugs, Small Yellow Wave, 2 Clouded Borders, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Scalloped Oaks, 2 Willow Beauties, Engrailed, Pale Prominent, 2 Yellow-tails, 4 Black Arches, Round-winged Muslin, Rosy Footman, 22 Dingy Footmen, 8 Scarce Footmen, 7 Common Footmen, 3 Buff Ermines, Ruby Tiger, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 5 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 5 Double Square-spots, Nutmeg, Lychnis, 3 Clays, 3 Smoky Wainscots, Grey Dagger, 2 Straw Underwings, 3 Dun-bars, 3 Dark Arches, 3 Cloaked Minors, 4 Common Rustics, 2 Lesser Common Rustics, Common Rustic agg., Dusky Sallow, 10 Uncertains, Rustic, 6 Nut-tree Tussocks, Burnished Brass, Silver Y and 4 Snouts.

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