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, 24 August 2015

Dotted Grey Groundling (Athrips mouffetella)

After the poor showing on the night of 30th July, 31st was back on form.  Among the 178 moths of 61 species was a lifer, Dotted Grey Groundling Athrips mouffetella.

Dotted Grey Groundling Athrips mouffetella, North Elmham, 31st July

There were 3 more new for the year: Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella, Large Birch Bell Epinotia brunnichana and Oak Nycteoline.

 Large Birch Bell Epinotia brunnichana, North Elmham, 31st July

Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 31st July

Oak Nycteoline, North Elmham, 31st July

A variety of other micros recorded: Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 2 Burdock Conches Aethes rubigana, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, 3 Large Fruit-tree Tortrices Archips podana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana, 2 Cereal Tortrices Cnephasia pumicana, Dover Shade Cnephasia genitalana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 3 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, 6 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, 9 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 36 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 5 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, 2 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 6 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 4 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis and Beautiful Knot-horn Rhodophaea formosa.

 Beautiful Knot-horn Rhodophaea formisa, North Elmham, 31st July

Burdock Conch Aethes rubigana, North Elmham, 31st July

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, North Elmham, 31st July

Other macros were 4 Chinese Characters, 4 Small Fan-footed Waves, Single-dotted Wave, 2 Riband Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet, 3 Clouded Borders, 2 Willow Beauties, 2 Coxcomb Prominents, Pale Prominent, 2 Chocolate-tips, Yellow-tail, 10 Dingy Footmen, 4 Scarce Footmen, 13 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Nutmeg, Bright-line Brown-eye, Antler Moth, 3 Clays, Cloaked Minor, 2 Common Rustics, Dusky Sallow, 7 Uncertains, Rustic, 3 Nut-tree Tussocks, Beautiful Hook-tip, Snout and Fan-foot. 

Chocolate-tip, North Elmham, 31st July

Cloaked Minor, North Elmham, 31st July - is it just me that finds individuals like this very hard to separate from Marbled Minor agg.?

Coxcomb Prominent, North Elmham, 31st July

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