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, 31 October 2015

It may be Drab but it's a good 'un

Last year I netted a Drab Clothes Moth Haplotinea insectella at Warham Greens.  Jon Clifton gen detted it to confirm and it proved to be the first modern day record for Norfolk (4 previous records were in the 1800s).  On 20th August I caught a similar-looking moth at home and have now dissected it.  It is indeed another Drab Clothes Moth Haplotinea insectella - the second modern day county record.

Drab Clothes Moth Haplotinea insectella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 20th August

Other micros were 2 Blackthorn Slenders Parornix torquillella, Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella, Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, 2 Woundwort Case-bearers Coleophora lineolea, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Orange Crest Helcystogramma rufescens, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Heather Tortrix Argyrotaenia ljungiana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Heath Marble Endothenia ericetana, 2 Bud Moths Spilonota ocellana, 6 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 26 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 7 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, 6 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, 2 Pale Straw Pearls Udea lutealis, 4 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

Blackthorn Slender Parornix torquillella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 20th August

Among the macros 2 Cabbage Moths were new for the year.

Cabbage Moth, North Elmham, 20th August

The other macros were 2 Orange Swifts, 2 Maiden's Blushes, Single-dotted Wave, 4 Riband Waves, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 6 Common Carpets, Tawny Speckled Pug, 2 Dusky Thorns, 4 Willow Beauties, Iron Prominent, 3 Lesser Swallow Prominents, Yellow-tail, Dingy Footman, Scarce Footman, 5 Flame Shoulders, 13 Large Yellow Underwings, 20 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Small Square-spots, 9 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Square-spotted Clay, 13 Six-striped Rustics, Square-spot Rustic, Lychnis, Common Wainscot, Dark Arches, 8 Flounced Rustics, Vine's Rustic, Burnished Brass and 8 Straw Dots.

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