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, 16 August 2015

Another Dotted Ermel and other good moths

16th July was getting back to form.  Not the numbers of spcecies of a few days earlier but an improvement on the day before and a good night with several new for the year (for the garden).  Among these Lunar-spotted Pinion was a species I wasn't particularly expecting at home:

Lunar-spotted Pinion, North Elmham, 16th July

Least Carpet has only started appearing in numbers in very recent years.  I saw them for the first time last year.

Least Carpet, North Elmham, 16th July

The Brown Elm Bell Epinotia abbreviana was so worn it would have gone unidentified had I not dissected it, although traces of its normal pattern were just visible.

Brown Elm Bell Epinotia abbreviana, North Elmham, 16th July

Despite its vernacular name, I have never found Common Groundling Teleiodes vulgella to be common - in fact this one was only my second.

Common Groundling Teleiodes vulgella, North Elmham, 16th July

I've stumbled across a few of the next one before in various places, but I may have been lucky as this relatively distinctive tortrix isn't particularly well-recorded: White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana.

White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana, North Elmham, 16th July

Buff-tipped Marble Hedya ochroleucana is one I don't see all that often, though I used to get the occasional example at Bawdeswell.

Buff-tipped Marble Hedya ochroleucana, North Elmham, 16th July

Common Oak Case-bearer Coleophora lutipennella and Apple & Plum Case-bearer Coleophora spinella are both species I've only recorded occaisonally, though that probably has more to do with the need to dissect them to confirm than them being particularly scarce.

Common Oak Case-bearer Coleophora lutipennella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 16th July

Apple & Plum Case-bearer Coleophora spinella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 16th July

Two much more frequent species were also new for the year: Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana and Cloaked Minor

Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, North Elmham, 16th July

Cloaked Minor, North Elmham, 16th July

Although not new for the year, Dotted Ermel Ethmia dodecea was probably better than any of the above.

Dotted Ermel Ethmia dodecea, North Elmham, 16th July

Other macros were 2 Chinese Characters, Large Emerald, Common Emerald, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, Dwarf Cream Wave, 11 Riband Waves, Large Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Barred Straws, Common Pug, V-Pug, 2 Green Pugs, Clouded Border, Brimstone Moth, 5 Early Thorns, 3 Scalloped Oaks, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, Willow Beauty, 2 Mottled Beauties, Clouded Silver, Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Elephant Hawkmoths, Yellow-tail, 6 Rosy Footmen, 2 Dingy Footmen, 7 Scarce Footmen, Buff Footman, 36 Common Footmen, 4 Buff Ermines, 3 Heart and Darts, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Flames, 2 Flame Shoulders, 6 Double Square-spots, 3 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Lychnis, 2 Smoky Wainscots, Dun-bar, 3 Dark Arches, Tawny Marbled Minor, 13 Uncertains, 2 Rustics, Beautiful Hook-tip, 4 Snouts and Fan-foot. 

Large Emerald, North Elmham, 16th July

Buff Footman, North Elmham, 16th July

V-Pug, North Elmham, 16th July

Other micros were 10 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, White Sallow Case-bearer Coleophora albidella, Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, 5 Red-barred Tortrices Ditula angustiorana, 3 Grey Tortrices Cnephasia stephensiana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 6 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 2 Common Cloaked Shoots Gypsonoma dealbana, Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana, 27 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 8 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis, 3 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 13 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis and 3 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis.

Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, North Elmham, 16th July

Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis (male, gen det), North Elmham, 16th July

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