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.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Grey Ermine

Another lifer on the night of 29th July, this time a Grey Ermine Yponomeuta sedella.  Although records are widespread in east Norfolk, there are only a very few records in the western vice-county (VC28).  Like mine, those that have been recorded in VC28 are only just in the vice-county, with no records yet for most of the west of the county.

Grey Ermine Yponomeuta sedella, North Elmham, 29th July

Also new for the year were Willow Bent-wing Phyllocnistis saligna and Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella.

Willow Bent-wing Phyllocnistis saligna, North Elmham, 29th July

Other moths that night were Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Orange Crest Helcystogramma rufescens, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, 3 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, 14 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 2 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Blood-vein, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 3 Single-dotted Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, July Highflyer, Slender Pug, 4 Clouded Borders, Scalloped Oak, Peppered Moth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Coxcomb Prominent, Yellow-tail, 4 Dingy Footmen, 13 Common Footmen, 3 Buff Ermines, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Double Square-spot, Clay, 4 Common Rustics, Common Rustic agg., 15 Uncertains, 3 Rustics, Burnished Brass and Snout.

The next evening (30th) was the worst for ages - a paltry 23 moths of 13 species - more like March!  They were 4 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Single-dotted Wave, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Willow Beauty, Coxcomb Prominent, Yellow-tail, 4 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 5 Uncertains, Rustic and Spectacle.

Fortunately things improved the following night - more on that later...

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