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.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Dark Umbers and Small Scallop

20th July was a good night with 362 moths of 104 species.  I suppose none of them were hugely exciting but there was plenty of interest to make it 'feel' like a good night.

New for the year were Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella, Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella, Small Scallop, 2 Dark Umbers and 2 Antler Moths.

Small Scallop, North Elmham, 20th July

Dark Umbers, North Elmham, 20th July

Antler Moth, North Elmham, 20th July

I'd been surprised when processing moths from a few nights earlier to find 2 Cnephasia pumicana but when processing this night's moths to find not 2 but 4 Cereal Tortrices Cnephasia pumicana.

Cereal Tortrices Cnephasia pumicana (males, gen det), North Elmham, 20th July

Other micros were 9 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris, Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 Long-horned Flat-bodies Carcina quercana, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, 3 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, 6 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 6 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heparana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana, 2 Flax Tortrices Cnephasia asseclana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 5 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 3 Marbled Orchard Tortrices Hedya nubiferana, 2 Smoky-barred Marbles Lobesia abscisana, Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, 22 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 21 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 2 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, Pale Water-veneer Donacaula forficella, 3 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 7 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 4 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Anania coronata, 2 Dusky Pearls Udea prunalis, 9 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis and Bee Moth Aphomia sociella.

Macros not already mentioned were Pebble Hook-tip, Buff Arches, Large Emerald, Common Emerald, Small Emerald, Blood-vein, Lesser Cream Wave, 4 Small Fan-footed Waves, Dwarf Cream Wave, 9 Single-dotted Waves, 2 Riband Waves, 4 Large Twin-spot Carpets, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Wormwood Pug, 2 Green Pugs, 4 Clouded Borders, 3 Brimstone Moths, Scalloped Oak, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Engrailed, Common White Wave, 3 Clouded Silvers, Privet Hawkmoth, 4 Elephant Hawkmoths, Pebble Prominent, 2 Buff-tips, Yellow-tail, 13 Rosy Footmen, 3 Dingy Footmen, 8 Scarce Footmen, 32 Common Footmen, 6 Buff Ermines, 2 Heart and Darts, 3 Flames, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 10 Double Square-spots, Nutmeg, Bright-line Brown-eye, 5 Clays, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 3 Dun-bars, 10 Dark Arches, Light Arches, Rufous Minor, 2 Cloaked Minors, 3 Common Rustics, Lesser Common Rustic, 26 Uncertains, 6 Rustics, Green Silver-lines, Nut-tree Tussock, Burnished Brass, Beautiful Hook-tip, Straw Dot, 14 Snouts and 2 Fan-foots.

Another bug record came in the shape of this Phytocoris varipes:

Phytocoris varipes, North Elmham, 20th July

The next day was even better... watch this space!

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