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.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


I get a few Hornets in the moth trap.  So far they've not been a serious problem, though they do predate the odd moth now and then.  If they remain docile enough not to be a threat (to me) they're quite attractive in a strange sort of way...

Hornet, North Elmham, 5th August

5th August was a pretty poor night by recent standards - just 110 moths of 40 species and none of them very remarkable: Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 3 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 24 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 27 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, 3 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Chinese Character, Large Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, 5 Riband Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, Purple Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Pebble Prominent, Pale Prominent, Buff-tip, 3 Yellow-tails, 3 Dingy Footmen, Scarce Footman, 3 Common Footmen, Ruby Tiger, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Nutmeg, Clay, 2 Straw Underwings, Ear Moth, 4 Uncertains, 2 Nut-tree Tussocks, Straw Dot and Snout.

 Ear Moth (male, gen det), North Elmham, 5th August

Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 5th August

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