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, 3 August 2015

First century at home including five lifers

The moth trap was heaving on the morning after the night of 1st July.  Indeed there was plenty to look at all around the outside before I even started delving into the trap itself - 62 moths of 38 species before I opened the trap up!  Once I had gone through the trap that tally increased to 439 moths of 105 species (59 macros).

There were lots of goodies among them, macro and micro, but it was among the micros that all five of my lifers lay - an exceptionally high number of new moths for a trapping at home night.  Among the five were two very attractive tortrices, neither hugely rare.  The Cherry Bark Moth Enarmonia formosana was not the freshest individual and perhaps not as bright as they can be, but not too shabby either.  The Teasel Marble Endothenia gentianaeana is the commoner congener of the Downland Marble Endothenia oblongana I recorded back in May and the larger size of this gentianaeana was very apparent.

Cherry Bark Moth Enarmonia formosana, North Elmham, 1st July

Teasel Marble Endothenia gentianaeana, North Elmham, 1st July

Even more striking was this Dotted Ermel Ethmia dodecea - and a good record too.  Nearly all of the county's records are from the west of the county, along a line running between Holme and the Brecks.  There are just two dots on the map east of that line (both just in VC27).

Dotted Ermel Ethmia dodecea, North Elmham, 1st July

The rarest, or at least the most poorly-recorded, moth was Southern Case-bearer Coleophora badiipennella.  Jon had two records last year but prior to that there were just three county records, two of which were back in 1874.  It's one that needs the chop to confirm and males are difficult even then (fortunately this was a female) so it's undoubtedly under-recorded.  It's another Elm-feeder like the last decent moth I had (this Carpatolechia fugitivella).  Must work out where the nearest Elms are - I still need White-letter Hairstreak and they might be nearby!

Southern Case-bearer Coleophora badiipennella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 1st July

Much less unusual but still new for me were 2 Garden Cosmets Mompha subbistrigella.

 Garden Cosmet Mompha subbistrigella, North Elmham, 1st July

A couple of good migrants were among the macros: Pearly Underwing and Red-necked Footman.  At least the Footman may have been a migrant though there is a breeding population in Norfolk nowadays so we can't be sure.  Large numbers were being recorded at the coast around this time though, so I expect mine was a migrant.

Red-necked Footman, North Elmham, 1st July

Pearly Underwing, North Elmham, 1st July

Macros that were new for the year included Phoenix, 2 Freyer's Pugs and Lilac Beauty, while other notable macros were Maiden's Blush, Small Seraphim, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Four-dotted Footman (my third this year!) and Light Brocade.

Lilac Beauty, North Elmham, 1st July

Phoenix, North Elmham, 1st July

Maiden's Blush, North Elmham, 1st July

Small Seraphim, North Elmham, 1st July

Small Elephant Hawkmoth, North Elmham, 1st July

Freyer's Pug, North Elmham, 1st July

Among the micros were 4 Monopis which I thought at first were my first Monopis obviella, a relatively frequently recorded moth that I'm yet to come across. Upon closer inspection though they proved to be the much rarer Pale-backed Clothes Moth Monopis crocicapitella, a species I recorded here last autumn.

Pale-backed Clothes Moth Monopis crocicapitella, North Elmham, 1st July

Lots of other micros were new for the year: Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella, 4 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, 4 Meadow Case-bearers Coleophora mayrella, Speckled Case-bearer Coleophora sternipennella (gen det), 2 Grey Rush Case-bearers Coleophora glaucicolella (gen det), 2 Golden-brown Tubics Crassa unitella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella, 2 Triangle-marked Rollers Ancylis achatana, Cock's-head Bell Zeiraphera isertana and Summer Rose Bell Notocelia roborana.

 Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella, North Elmham, 1st July

Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella, North Elmham, 1st July

Traingle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, North Elmham, 1st July

Cock's-head Bell Zeiraphera isertana, North Elmham, 1st July

Summer Rose Bell Notocelia roborana, North Elmham, 1st July

Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella, North Elmham, 1st July

Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, North Elmham, 1st July

Meadow Case-bearer Coleophora mayrella, North Elmham, 1st July

Speckled Case-bearer Coleophora sternipennella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 1st July

Grey Rush Case-bearer Coleophora glaucicolella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 1st July

Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, North Elmham, 1st July

Other micros were 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, 5 Dark Groundlings Bryotropha affinis, 7 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 3 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis cerasana, 11 Large Fruit-tree Tortrices Archips podana, 7 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, 2 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, 3 Large Ivy Tortrices Lozotaenia forsterana, Hedge Shade Isotrias rectifasciana, 5 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 6 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 6 Marbled Orchard Tortrices Hedya nubiferana, 5 Triple-blotched Bells Notocelia trimaculana, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, 45 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, 9 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Marsh Grey Eudonia pallida, 25 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 5 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Brown China-marks Elophila nymphaeata, 4 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Elder Pearls Anania coronata, 6 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Beautiful Knot-horn Rhodophaea formosa and White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla.

Beautiful Knot-horn Rhodophaea formosa, North Elmham, 1st July

Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, North Elmham, 1st July

Finally the remainder of the macros were 6 Dwarf Cream Waves, Small Dusty Wave, 3 Single-dotted Waves, 13 Treble Brown Spots, 15 Riband Waves, Silver-ground Carpet, 5 Barred Straws, Green Carpet, Sandy Carpet, Mottled Pug, 4 Common Pugs, 5 Green Pugs, Clouded Border, 9 Brimstone Moths, 7 Swallow-tailed Moths, 3 Mottled Beauties, 3 Common White Waves, 2 Common Waves, Clouded Silver, Light Emerald, Privet Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, 4 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, 5 Heart and Clubs, 7 Heart and Darts, 2 Flames, 2 Flame Shoulders, Large Yellow Underwing, 4 Ingrailed Clays, 13 Double Square-spots, Clay, Common Wainscot, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Rustic Shoulder-knot, 3 Brown Rustics, 2 Dark Arches, 3 Tawny Marbled Minors (gen det), 12 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Treble Lines, 21 Uncertains, 11 Mottled Rustics, 3 Marbled White Spots, 5 Burnished Brass, 8 Beautiful Hook-tips, 14 Straw Dots, 9 Snouts, 3 Fan-foots and 2 Small Fan-foots.

Tanwy Marbled Minor (female, gen det), North Elmham, 1st July

Non-lepidopteran interest was there too, though I ddn't have time to look at everything too closely.  Two bugs I looked at, one identified (Stenotus binotatus) and one not yet identified and two beetles, one identified (Nicrophorus investigator) and one not yet identified.

Stenotus binotatus, North Elmham, 1st July

unidentified bug, North Elmham, 1st July

Nicrophorus investigator, North Elmham, 1st July

unidentified beetle, North Elmham, 1st July

Finally this toad has been kicking around the trap recently - finally got a pic of him (or her) mid-leap.

Common Toad, North Elmham, 1st July

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