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

Small Dotted Buff and Gothic

22nd July wasn't such a good night with just Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana new for the year.

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, North Elmham, 22nd July

Other stuff was 2 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, Barred Marble Celypha striana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 5 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 6 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella, 2 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Drinker, Chinese Character, Buff Arches, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, 7 Single-dotted Waves, Barred Straw, 4 Peppered Moths, 2 Willow Beauties, Common White Wave, Privet Hawkmoth, Pine Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Pebble Prominent, 2 Buff-tips, Yellow-tail, Dingy Footman, Scarce Footman, 31 Common Footmen, 8 Buff Ermines, 3 Heart and Darts, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Double Square-spots, Dot Moth, 6 Clays, Smoky Wainscot, 3 Dark Arches, 2 Common Rustics, Lesser Common Rustic, 22 Uncertains, 8 Rustics, Nut-tree Tussock, Spectacle and 3 Snouts.

23rd July was much better.  363 moths of 94 species including a macro lifer, albeit a fairly common species that I ought to have seen already: Small Dotted Buff.

Small Dotted Buff, North Elmham, 23rd July

A Gothic was only my second ever:

Gothic, North Elmham, 23rd July

New for the year were 2 Orange Crests Helcystogramma rufescens, Diamond-back Marble Eudemis profundana, Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis (in my study), Tawny Speckled Pug and Dusky Sallow.

Dusky Sallow, North Elmham, 23rd July

Tawny Speckled Pug, North Elmham, 23rd July

Diamond-back Marble Eudemis profundana, North Elmham, 23rd July

Orange Crests Helcystogramma rufescens, North Elmham, 23rd July - a typically marked one and a plainer then usual example

With 5 Least Carpets it's hard to imagine that until recently they were quite rare and until last year I had never seen one.

Other macros were 3 Pebble Hook-tips, 3 Chinese Characters, Lesser Cream Wave, 8 Small Fan-footed Waves, 10 Single-dotted Waves, 10 Riband Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet, V-Pug, Double-striped Pug, 5 Clouded Borders, Brimstone Moth, 3 Early Thorns, 3 Scalloped Oaks, 4 Peppered Moths, 3 Willow Beauties, 2 Common Waves, Clouded Silver, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Lesser Swallow Prominents, Swallow Prominent, Marbled Brown, 8 Yellow-tails, 6 Rosy Footmen, 8 Dingy Footmen, 4 Scarce Footmen, 49 Common Footmen, 3 Buff Ermines, 2 Ruby Tigers, Heart and Dart, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Nutmegs, 3 Dot Moths, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Brown-line Bright-eye, 3 Clays, Smoky Wainscot, Sycamore, Brown Rustic, Dingy Shears, 3 Dun-bars, Lunar-spotted Pinion, 7 Dark Arches, Rufous Minor, 7 Common Rustics, 27 Uncertains, 4 Rustics, Nut-tree Tussock, Burnished Brass, Beautiful Hook-tip and 4 Snouts.

Lesser Cream Wave, North Elmham, 23rd July

Lunar-spotted Pinion, North Elmham, 23rd July

Brown-line Bright-eye, North Elmham, 23rd July

Other micros were 15 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, 3 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica, Common Cosmet Mompha epilobiella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, 2 Flax Tortrices Cnephasia asseclana, Cereal Tortrix Cnephasia pumicana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, 3 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, Summer Rose Bell Notocelia roborana, 12 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, 52 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella, 2 Pearl Grass-veneers Catoptria pinella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 3 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Beautiful China-marks Nymphula stagnata, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Anania coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 6 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella and White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla.

Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana, North Elmham, 23rd July

Common Cosmet Mompha epilobiella, North Elmham, 23rd July

Summer Rose Bell Notocelia roborana (male, gen det), North Elmham, 23rd July

The night of 24th July was wet and windy so no surprise that there were few moths: Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 5 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Large Emerald, 2 Single-dotted Waves, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, Yellow-tail, Dingy Footman, Scarce Footman, 3 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, Large Yellow Underwing, Double Square-spot, Smoky Wainscot, 6 Uncertains and Rustic. 

Large Emerald, North Elmham, 24th July

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