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, 5 September 2015

Having Kittens

Not one but 2 Sallow Kittens were among the catch on 9th August.

Sallow Kitten, North Elmham, 9th August

Three more were new for the year for the garden: Rivulet, Yellow-barred Brindle and Broad-blotched Drill Dichrorampha alpinana.

 Broad-blotched Bell Dichrorampha alpinana, North Elmham, 9th August

Rivulet, North Elmham, 9th August

By now the midsummer peak of moth activity is already well past and nearly 300 moths of 88 species was a respectable enough total for second week of August, if well short of the best nights in July.  Nothing much to say about the rest though, so here's a list: Carrion Moth Monopis weaverella, Ribwort Slender Aspilapteryx tringipennella, 2 Golden Argents Argyresthia goedartella, 5 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, 2 Golden-brown Tubics Crassa unitella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, 3 Dark Groundlings Bryotropha affinis, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica, 2 Gorse Crests Brachmia blandella, 2 Dingy Dowds Blastobasis adustella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, 2 Small Clover Case-bearers Coleophora alcyonipennella, Speckled Case-bearer Coleophora sternipennella, 2 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heparana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, 2 Garden Rose Tortrices Acleris variegana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, 2 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, 39 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 54 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 2 Pearl Grass-veneers Catoptria pinella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis, Little Grey Eudonia lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 2 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata, Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis, 2 Dusky Pearls Udea prunalis, 21 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, 2 Grey Knot-horns Acrobasis advenella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Pebble Hook-tips, Small Fan-footed Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, 8 Single-dotted Waves, Small Scallop, 14 Riband Waves, 5 Red Twin-spot Carpets, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, Tawny Speckled Pug, Early Thorn, 2 Scalloped Oaks, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, Clouded Silver, Lesser Swallow Prominent, 2 Swallow Prominents, Yellow-tail, 2 Rosy Footmen, 9 Dingy Footmen, 8 Scarce Footmen, 6 Common Footmen, Cinnabar, Heart and Dart, 5 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 4 Flame Shoulders, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 7 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Double Square-spot, Six-striped Rustic, Nutmeg, Lychnis, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Straw Underwings, 3 Dun-bars, 4 Dark Arches, Common Rustic, 2 Lesser Common Rustics, 3 Dusky Sallows, Ear Moth and 4 Uncertains (plus an Uncertain or Rustic), Straw Dot and 2 Snouts.

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