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

Oak Eggar

The highlight from 27th July was this Oak Eggar:

Oak Eggar, North Elmham, 27th July

Also new for the year was this Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana:

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, North Elmham, 27th July

Other micros on 27th were Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Orange Crest Helcystogramma rufescens, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 6 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 18 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Anania coronata, 9 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis and Bee Moth Aphomia sociella.

Other macros were 2 Chinese Characters, Large Emerald, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 4 Single-dotted Waves, Small Scallop, 3 Riband Waves, Yellow Shell, Clouded Border, 2 Early Thorns, Scalloped Oak, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, Engrailed, 3 Yellow-tails, 4 Rosy Footmen, 5 Dingy Footmen, 2 Scarce Footmen, 31 Common Footmen, 4 Buff Ermines, Bright-line Brown-eye, Antler Moth, 2 Clays, 2 Dark Arches, 2 Dusky Sallows, 13 Uncertains, 3 Rustics and 4 Snouts.

There has been a good display of Common Sea-lavender along the north Norfolk coast recently, such as here taken from Wells looking towards East Hills.

Common Sea-lavender, Wells, 28th July

A slight increase in the number of moths on the night of 28th though little of much note.  Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis was new for the year and another (or the same?) Oak Eggar was logged.  18 days after the first for the year, the second (and third and fourth and fifth) Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing appeared - and from now on would appear almost nightly.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, North Elmham, 28th July

Other macros were Small Fan-footed Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, 3 Single-dotted Waves, 2 Riband Waves, 3 Red Twin-spot Carpets, Early Thorn, 4 Scalloped Oaks, Willow Beauty, Engrailed, Common White Wave, Privet Hawkmoth, Coxcomb Prominent, Yellow-tail, Rosy Footman, 4 Dingy Footmen, Scarce Footman, 24 Common Footmen, 5 Buff Ermines, Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Double Square-spots, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Brown-line Bright-eye, 11 Clays, 2 Smoky Wainscots, Dun-bar, 2 Dark Arches, 3 Common Rustics, Dusky Sallow, 21 Uncertains, 2 Rustics, Nut-tree Tussock, Spectacle and 2 Snouts.

Other micros were Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella, Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 15 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella, 2 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

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