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.

Thursday, 3 September 2015


A wander round Syderstone Common at lunchtime on 7th August turned up a few moths and butterflies, though nothing extraordinary.  Holly Blue was the best of the butterflies; the moths were 4 Barred Grass-veneers Agriphila inquinatella, 10 Six-spot Burnets, Common Carpet and Yellow Shell.

That night wasn't the best but two common macros were new for the year: Orange Swift and Six-striped Rustic.

Orange Swift, North Elmham, 7th August

Six-striped Rustic, North Elmham, 7th August

Most notable species recorded were Chalk Knot-horn Phycitodes maritima and Fen Wainscot.

Chalk Knot-horn Phycitodes maritima (male, gen det), North Elmham, 7th August

Fen Wainscot, North Elmham, 7th August

The rest were 2 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Orange Crest Helcystogramma rufescens, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana, 2 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, 23 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 22 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, 2 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella, Pebble Hook-tip, 4 Single-dotted Waves, 9 Riband Waves, 3 Red Twin-spot Carpets, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Large Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Shaded Broad-bars, Tawny Speckled Pug, Double-striped Pug, Peppered Moth, 4 Willow Beauties, Iron Prominent, 2 Pebble Prominents, Swallow Prominent, 2 Pale Prominents, Yellow-tail, Rosy Footman, 2 Dingy Footmen, 6 Scarce Footmen, 2 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, Ruby Tiger, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 10 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Nutmegs, Clay, Common Rustic, 2 Flounced Rustics, Uncertain (and an Uncertain or Rustic), 2 Nut-tree Tussocks and Snout.

Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana, North Elmham, 7th August

Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (male, gen det), North Elmham, 7th August

Tawny Speckled Pug, North Elmham, 7th August

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