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, 8 August 2015

Painted Neb

Sunday 5th July was much quieter than the previous day but two Plume moths made it on to the year list: Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (rather belatedly) and Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla.

Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, North Elmham, 5th July

Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, North Elmham, 5th July

Engrailed was also new for the year.

The others were Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pellionella, 4 Large Ivy Tortrices Lozotaenia forsterana, 4 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana, Bramble Shoot Moth Notocelia uddmanniana, Triple-blotched Bell Notocelia trimaculana, 10 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Anania coronata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Swift, Common Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, 4 Single-dotted Waves, 2 Riband Waves, Garden Carpet, 5 Barred Straws, Common Pug, Clouded Border, 2 Peppered Moths, 2 Common White Waves, Common Wave, 3 Buff-tips, 8 Common Footmen, 13 Buff Ermines, Cinnabar, Short-cloaked Moth, 4 Heart and Clubs, 2 Heart and Darts, Flame, 3 Double Square-spots, Nutmeg, 4 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 2 Clays, 3 Brown Rustics, 3 Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., 14 Uncertains, 2 Rustics, 6 Mottled Rustics, Marbled White Spot, 4 Burnished Brasses, Spectacle, 3 Beautiful Hook-tips, Straw Dot and 2 Snouts.

  Rustic, North Elmham, 5th July

Another of these beetles that are probably Malthinus flaveolus:

probable Malthinus flaveolus, North Elmham, 5th July

6th July was better again with  87 species.  Among these was my first Painted Neb Eulamprotes wilkella.  These are reasonably common at the coast (where I was to go on to see several a few days later) and also in the Brecks, but except for an old record near Kings Lynn there don't seem to be any inland Norfolk records away from the Brecks.  So not expected here really.

Painted Neb Eulamprotes wilkella, North Elmham, 6th July

Several new for the year included my second ever Osier Case-bearer Coleophora lusciniaepennella, a New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris, Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Peach Blossom, Blue-bordered Carpet, Yellow-tail and Common Rustic.

Peach Blossom, North Elmham, 6th July

Blue-bordered Carpet, North Elmham, 6th July

New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris, North Elmham, 6th July

Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, North Elmham, 6th July

Osier Case-bearer Coleophora lusciniaepennella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 6th July

Common Rustic (female, gen det), North Elmham, 6th July

Here's the genitalia of the Bryotropha similis with a Bryotropha affinis for comparison, showing the stouter gnathos (the arm if you imagine the top bit as a head) of the similis.  The live insects are shown below.

male genitalia of Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis (left) and Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis (right), North Elmham, 6th July

Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, North Elmham, 6th July

Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis, North Elmham, 6th July

The other micros were 2 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, 4 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, 2 Buff Cosmets Mompha ochraceella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 3 Large Fruit-tree Tortrices Archips podana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana (male, gen det), 4 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 9 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 6 Marbled Orchard Tortrices Hedya nubiferana, Triple-blotched Bell Notocelia trimaculana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, 30 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 5 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 7 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Beautiful China-marks Nymphula stagnata, 5 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Anania coronata, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis and 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella.

Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, North Elmham, 6th July

Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, North Elmham, 6th July

Other macros were Ghost Moth, Common Emerald, 6 Dwarf Cream Waves, 4 Single-dotted Waves, 4 Treble Brown Spots, 20 Riband Waves, Common Carpet, Yellow Shell, Barred Yellow, Sandy Carpet, Common Pug, Grey Pug, Small Yellow Wave, 2 Clouded Borders, 2 Lilac Beauties, 2 Willow Beauties, 2 Mottled Beauties, Engrailed, Common White Wave, Elephant Hawkmoth, Coxcomb Prominent, 3 Buff-tips, 2 Rosy Footmen, Four-dotted Footman, Scarce Footman, 8 Common Footmen, 9 Buff Ermines, Short-cloaked Moth, 3 Heart and Clubs, Heart and Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Double Square-spots, 4 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Clay, 5 Smoky Wainscots, Common Wainscot, 3 Brown Rustics, 4 Dark Arches, Dusky Brocade, 20 Uncertains, Rustic, 3 Mottled Rustics, Green Silver-lines, 6 Burnished Brasses, Spectacle, 7 Beautiful Hook-tips, Straw Dot, 5 Snouts and 3 Fan-foots.

Small Yellow Wave, North Elmham, 6th July

Dingy Footman, North Elmham, 6th July

Mottled Beauty, North Elmham, 6th July - a dark-banded variant I don't see very often

Next day (7th July) was very poor by recent standards and, unusually at the moment, nothing new for the year.  I recorded Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana, 3 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 8 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 2 Marbled Orchard Tortrices Hedya nubiferana, Bramble Shoot Moth Notocelia uddmanniana, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, 12 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 3 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 5 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, Common Emerald, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, Single-dotted Wave, Treble Brown Spot, 5 Riband Waves, 3 Barred Straws, Barred Yellow, Lilac Beauty, 3 Willow Beauties, Engrailed, Clouded Silver, Buff-tip, Rosy Footman, 3 Common Footmen, 4 Buff Ermines, Heart and Club, 2 Heart and Darts, 2 Double Square-spots, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 2 Brown Rustics, 18 Uncertains, Rustic, Mottled Rustic, Silver Y, Straw Dot, 3 Snouts and Fan-foot. 

Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, North Elmham, 6th July

Engrailed, North Elmham, 6th July

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