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

Twin-spotted Wainscot and a new Bucculatrix

21st August was a good night with 79 species recorded (244 moths).  I was pleased to get this Twin-spotted Wainscot, a species I'd only seen once before.

Twin-spotted Wainscot, North Elmham, 21st August

An Oak Bent-wing Bucculatrix ulmella was a completely new species for me.  Quite widely recorded in Norfolk, unusually so for such a small micro, so perhaps a surprise it's taken this long for me to connect with one.

Oak Bent-wing Bucculatrix ulmella, North Elmham, 21st August

Another one I don't see very often was Large Lance-wing Epermenia falciformis.

Large Lance-wing Epermenia faliformis, North Elmham, 21st August

Also new for the year were Small Birch Bell Epinotia ramella, Small Purple and Gold (Mint Moth) Pyrausta aurata and Rosy Rustic.

 Small Birch Bell Epinotia ramella, North Elmham, 21st August

Small Purple and Gold Pyrausta aurata, North Elmham, 21st August

Other micros were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Bird’s-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, Daisy Bent-wing Bucculatrix nigricomella, 2 Horse Chestnut Leaf-miners Cameraria ohridella, Willow Bent-wing Phyllocnistis saligna, 3 Golden Argents Argyresthia goedartella, 2 Little Ermels Swammerdamia pyrella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, 3 Woundwort Case-bearers Coleophora lineolea, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, 2 Brown House Moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 Long-horned Flat-bodies Carcina quercana, 3 Dark Groundlings Bryotropha affinis, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Yarrow Conch Aethes smeathmanniana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, 2 Garden Rose Tortrices Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella, 9 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 20 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 9 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, 4 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 3 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, 6 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis, 8 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 3 Grey Knot-horns Acrobasis advenella and 2 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla.

Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 21st August

The other macros were Small Fan-footed Wave, 7 Single-dotted Waves, 6 Riband Waves, 2 Common Carpets, Yellow-barred Brindle, 3 Magpie Moths, Scorched Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths, Canary-shouldered Thorn, 2 Dusky Thorns, 3 Willow Beauties, Poplar Hawkmoth, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Dingy Footman, Scarce Footman, Turnip Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 6 Flame Shoulders, 10 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 7 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Small Square-spots, 15 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Square-spotted Clay, 4 Six-striped Rustics, 2 Square-spot Rustics, White-point, Old Lady, 2 Straw Underwings, Dark Arches, 18 Flounced Rustics, 2 Vine's Rustics, Silver Y, 3 Spectacles and 19 Straw Dots.

I think this woodlouse is possibly Common Shining Woodlouse Oniscus asellus, but not sure - can you confirm?

possible Common Shining Woodlouse Oniscus asellus, North Elmham, 21st August

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