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, 14 August 2015

New moth: Acompsia cinerella

After a night off, 13th July was another good night with 100 species, though lacking some of the big numbers of the 11th.  Instead it produced a new moth for me, Ash-coloured Sober Acompsia cinerella.  I guess from its vernacular name you wouldn't expect it to be much of a looker, and it lived up to expectations.

 Ash-coloured Sober Acompsia cinerella, North Elmham, 14th July

Some really good moths among the others too.  Two years ago when I first found Pine Cosmet Batrachedra pinicolella it was the first Norfolk record for 129 years.  Since then there have been 9 more records in the county, so not quite the rarity it seemed, though what caused the sudden surge in records after such a long gap I have no idea.  Anyway, it's still a good moth, so good to find another one at home.

Two more scarce moths that have enjoyed a recent upsurge in numbers of records were Dull Red Groundling Bryotropha senectella and Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis, both confirmed by gen detting.

Dull Red Groundling Bryotropha senectella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 14th July

Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis (female, gen det), North Elmham, 14th July

Yarrow Case-bearer Coleophora argentula and Coronet were both my second ever records.  The Coronet was interesting being a dark form - I had forgotten how green they are.

Coronet, North Elmham, 14th July

Yarrow Case-bearer Coleophora argentula (male, gen det), North Elmham, 14th July

Also new for the year (for home) were Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata, Round-winged Muslin and Purple Clay

Purple Clay, North Elmham, 14th July

Round-winged Muslin, North Elmham, 14th July

Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata, North Elmham, 14th July

The best of the other micros was another Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana.  The others micros were 7 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, White-headed Ermel Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Meadow Case-bearer Coleophora mayrella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 4 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 3 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, 5 Grey Tortrices Cnephasia stephensiana, 6 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 7 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana, 2 Common Cloaked Shoots Gypsonoma dealbana, Triple-blotched Bell Notocelia trimaculana, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, 32 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, 3 Water Veneers Acentria ephemerella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 11 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 3 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Elder Pearls Anania coronata, 2 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella and Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella.

Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana, North Elmham, 14th July

Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella, North Elmham, 14th July

Other macros were 2 Buff Arches, 2 Common Emeralds, Small Blood-vein, 11 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Single-dotted Waves, Treble Brown Spot, 9 Riband Waves, 3 Large Twin-spot Carpets, Shaded Broad-bar, 6 Barred Straws, July Highflyer, Sandy Carpet, Wormwood Pug, Common Pug, 2 Green Pugs, Small Yellow Wave, Clouded Border, 4 Brimstone Moths, Lilac Beauty, Early Thorn, 5 Swallow-tailed Moths, 5 Peppered Moths, 4 Willow Beauties, 3 Mottled Beauties, 3 Common White Waves, 11 Clouded Silvers, 2 Poplar Hawkmoths, 8 Elephant Hawkmoths, Iron Prominent, Yellow-tail, 6 Rosy Footmen, Dingy Footman, 2 Scarce Footmen, Buff Footman, 31 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, Heart and Dart, 7 Flames, Flame Shoulder, 8 Double Square-spots, Dot Moth, 2 Lychnises, 5 Clays, 5 Smoky Wainscots, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, 7 Dark Arches, Tawny Marbled Minor, Common Rustic, Lesser Common Rustic, 28 Uncertains, 3 Mottled Rustics, Spectacle, 2 Beautiful Hook-tips, 13 Snouts and 6 Fan-foots. 

Buff Footman, North Elmham, 14th July

Wormwood Pug, North Elmham, 14th July

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