Clouded Drab, North Elmham, 1st March
The new dissection group wesbite is now up and running and with it come a greater selection of images of moth genitalia than were available before. With greater quality images of Agonopterix ciliella to compare to I now feel more confident about confiming Agonopterix heracliana, though I would still like to see an example of ciliella under the microscope. As expected, tonight's Flat-bodies proved to be 3 Common Flat-bodies Agonopterix heracliana.
Common Flat-bodies Agonopterix heracliana (males, gen det), North Elmham, 1st March
The other moths were March Moth, Dotted Border, Hebrew Character and 2 Chestnuts.
The following night there was just 1 Chestnut and then a run of nil returns followed, broken by a single Hebrew Character on 5th.
Not a moth, but another new ladybird for the year on 7th was this colourful 22-spot Ladybird.
22-spot Ladybird, North Elmham, 7th March
Finally on Tuesday the run of mothless nights ended with Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Chestnut. Wednesday night produced 2 March Moths and a Grey Shoulder-knot. I don't see many of the latter, one or two a year usually.
Grey Shoulder-knot, North Elmham, 9th March
Also on 9th I found this midge in the house on one of the windows. Thought it looked fairly distinctive and wondered if I could find enough information to identify it. Turns out it's a bit of a window speciality - it was a Window Gnat Sylvicola fenestralis.
Window Gnat Syvicola fenestralis, North Elmham, 9th March
Next evening there was only one moth, but a nice one - Oak Beauty.
Oak Beauty, North Elmham, 10th March
Friday night produced 3 March Moths, Hebrew Characters and Chestnut. Just 2 March Moths last night.