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.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Vice county first and county second

The night of 10th July was the best yet.  At home I recorded 571 moths of 121 species - not bad for a tiny garden.  Among them were two new moths for me, a macro and a micro, both requiring gen detting to confirm so neither fully realised at the time.

The micro was moth of the night, a recent split that has only been recorded once before in Norfolk, and not at all in the western vice-county (VC28), Grey Aspen Bell Epinotia cinereana.  Externally it looked promising, but its sister species Grey Poplar Bell Epinotia nisella can look pretty much identical (I've had candidates before that have turned out to be nisella) so there was no way to be sure without dissecting it.  Well I finally got round to doing that, and with just 21 cornuti in its aedaegus (which translates as 21 spiky bits in its male sex organ) it was clearly cinereana: nisella has around 40.  Bit of a result.

Grey Aspen Bell Epinotia cinereana (male, gen det), North Elmham, 10th July

The macro would have gone down as just another Marbled Minor agg. if I wasn't able to dissect, the three species (Marbled, Tawny Marbled and Rufous) being impossible to separate on external features.  The first two have both proved to be common here but this one turned out to be my first Rufous Minor.  

Rufous Minor (male, gen det), North Elmham, 10th July

Two other macros that were new for the year also required dissection to identify: Grey Dagger and Lesser Common Rustic.

Grey Dagger (male, gen det), North Elmham, 10th July

Lesser Common Rustic (male, gen det), North Elmham, 10th July

A White-headed Ermel Paraswammerdamia albicapitella also needed gen detting, but only because it was such a worn and tatty specimen that there weren't enough scales left on it to identify from external features.  Others new for the year (at least for home) were more straightforward to identify: Crescent Groundling Teleiodes luculella, Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana, Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, 3 Dusky Pearls Udea prunalis, Twin-spot Carpet, Scalloped Oak, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and 3 Light Arches.

Twin-spot Carpet, North Elmham, 10th July

Light Arches, North Elmham, 10th July

Crescent Groundling Teleiodes luculella, North Elmham, 10th July

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana, North Elmham, 10th July

Other macros were Chinese Character, Peach Blossom, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, 8 Small Fan-footed Waves, 5 Dwarf Cream Waves, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 6 Single-dotted Waves, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 12 Riband Waves, 5 Large Twin-spot Carpets, 2 Shaded Broad-bars, Common Carpet, 6 Barred Straws, Foxglove Pug, 5 Green Pugs, 6 Clouded Borders, 2 Brimstone Moths, 3 Early Thorns, Swallow-tailed Moth, 5 Peppered Moths, Willow Beauty, 4 Mottled Beauties, 3 Common White Waves, Common Wave, 5 Clouded Silvers, Light Emerald, Privet Hawkmoth, 4 Elephant Hawkmoths, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, 3 Buff-tips, 9 Rosy Footmen, Orange Footman, 3 Dingy Footmen, 7 Scarce Footmen, 39 Common Footmen, 9 Buff Ermines, 3 Short-cloaked Moths, Heart and Club, 2 Heart and Darts, 3 Flames, Flame Shoulder, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 9 Double Square-spots, Dot Moth, 4 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Lychnis, 3 Clays, 11 Smoky Wainscots, Common Wainscot, Brown Rustic, 9 Dark Arches, 2 Common Rustics, 50 Uncertains, 5 Rustics, 3 Mottled Rustics, 2 Marbled White Spots, Cream-bordered Green Pea, 6 Burnished Brasses, 2 Spectacles, 10 Beautiful Hook-tips, 2 Straw Dots, 8 Snouts, 3 Fan-foots and 2 Small Fan-foots.

Cream-bordered Green Pea, North Elmham, 10th July

Privet Hawklmoth, North Elmham, 10th July

The rest of the micros were 6 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Tipped Oak Case-bearer Coleophora flavipennella, Meadow Case-bearer Coleophora mayrella, Grey Rush Case-bearer Coleophora glaucicolella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris, Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 4 Burdock Nebs Metzneria lappella, 4 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, 4 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 8 Large Fruit-tree Tortrices Archips podana, Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana, 3 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, 3 Large Ivy Tortrices Lozotaenia forsterana, 3 Red-barred Tortrices Ditula angustiorana, 8 Grey Tortrices Cnephasia stephensiana (plus 2 Cnephasia sp.), 5 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 13 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 4 Marbled Orchard Tortrices Hedya nubiferana, 4 Triangle-marked Rollers Ancylis achatana, 2 Crescent Bells Epinotia bilunana, 2 Common Cloaked Shoots Gypsonoma dealbana, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Notocelia trimaculana, White-foot Bell Epiblema foenella, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 96 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Grass-veneers Crambus pascuella, 2 Yellow Satin Veneers Crambus perlella, 5 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 18 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 6 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, 9 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Elder Pearls Anania coronata, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, North Elmham, 10th July

Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana (female, gen det), North Elmham, 10th July

Summer Chafer, North Elmham, 10th July

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