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, 8 October 2015

Webb's Wainscot and friends

Back to catching up on the summer's mothing after a hiatus of busy-ness getting in the way.  Now on 13th August...

Highlight that night was a moth I wasn't expecting at home... a Webb's Wainscot.  Although primarily a Broadland species there are scattered records across the county, albeit mainly in the east.

Webb's Wainscot, North Elmham, 13th August

Another species I wasn't particularly expecting here as it's associated with pine woodlands was Pine Marble Piniphila bifasciana.

Pine Marble Piniphila bifasciana, North Elmham, 13th August

A grey Epinotia looked a good candidate for another cinereana so needed the chop to find out.  After some initial confusion today's turned out to be Grey Poplar Bell Epinotia nisella, new for the year.  I presume the common name and the fact that Poplar is listed as a foodplant on various websites are left over from the days when cinereana and nisella were treated as a single species - MOGBI seems to imply that nisella is a Willow feeder.

Grey Poplar Bell Epinotia nisella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 13th August

More often seen during the day than in a moth trap, at least not in my moth trap, is Latticed Heath.

Latticed Heath, North Elmham, 13th August

Also new for the year were Brown-spot Flat-body Agonopterix alstromeriana, Rhomboid Tortrix Acleris rhombana and Copper Underwing.

Copper Underwing (male, gen det), North Elmham, 13th August

Rhomboid Tortrix Acleris rhombana, North Elmham, 13th August

Best of the other micros were New Oak Slender Caloptilia robustella, Ribwort Slender Aspilapteryx tringipennella and Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella.

New Oak Slender Caloptilia robustella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 13th August

Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 13th August

Oak Hook-tip and White Satin were among the macros, along with Pebble Hook-tip, 3 Chinese Characters, Large Emerald, 2 Blood-veins, Small Blood-vein, 5 Single-dotted Waves, 17 Riband Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Common Carpets, Yellow Shell, Rivulet, 2 Lime-speck Pugs, Yellow-barred Brindle, Brimstone Moth, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Early Thorn, 4 Willow Beauties, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, 2 Yellow-tails, 2 Black Arches, Rosy Footman, 5 Dingy Footmen, Scarce Footman, Ruby Tiger, 3 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 7 Flame Shoulders, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 9 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Square-spotted Clay, Nutmeg, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, 2 Cloaked Minors, Common Rustic, Flounced Rustic, 3 Uncertains, 2 Nut-tree Tussocks and 6 Straw Dots.

White Satin, North Elmham, 13th August

Black Arches, North Elmham, 13th August

The remaining micros were 3 Carrion Moths Monopis weaverella, Bird’s-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, 6 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, 2 Brown House Moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 3 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heparana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Dover Shade Cnephasia genitalana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana, 3 Garden Rose Tortrices Acleris variegana, 2 Holly Tortrices Rhopobota naevana, Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, 10 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 65 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 2 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, 4 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, 3 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, 2 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, 2 Chequered Straws Evergestis pallidata, 5 Pale Straw Pearls Udea lutealis, 29 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

Carrion Moth Monopis weaverella, North Elmham, 13th August

Dover Shades Cnephasis genitalana, North Elmham, 13th August

I think this Mayfly was Ephemera vulgata...

apparent Ephemera vulgata, North Elmham, 13th August

Forest Bug, North Elmham, 13th August

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