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, 28 May 2016

Another Sulphur Tubic

I thought last Sunday night might prove even better than Saturday as the conditions felt good.  It wasn't, but it wasn't far behind.  I'd already bagged a Sulphur Tubic Esperia sulphurella flying around the garden in the afternoon, my second here this year and third anywhere ever.

Sulphur Tubic Esperia sulphurella, North Elmham, 22nd May

In the trap the following were all new for the year for the garden: Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, Flame Carpet, Scorched Wing, Iron Prominent, Small Square-spot and Knot Grass.

Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, North Elmham, 22nd May

Flame Carpet, North Elmham, 22nd May

Scorched Wing, North Elmham, 22nd May

Iron Prominent, North Elmham, 22nd May

Knot Grass, North Elmham, 22nd May

Small Square-spot, North Elmham, 22nd May

Other moths were Sloe Flat-body Luquetia lobella (possibly the same one as before as I'd only released it earlier that morning), Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Narrow-winged Greys Eudonia angustea, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, Silver-ground Carpet, 4 Green Carpets, 2 Sandy Carpets, Mottled Pug, 5 Common Pugs, 2 Brimstone Moths, Waved Umber, Eyed Hawkmoth, 2 Pale Tussocks, Orange Footman, 2 White Ermines, Buff Ermine, Cinnabar, Least Black Arches, Flame Shoulder, 2 Hebrew Characters, Treble Lines and Spectacle.

Pale Tussock, North Elmham, 22nd May

Caddisflies comprised Hydropsyche pellucidula, 2 Glyphotaelius pellucidus, Limnephilus auricula and Limnephilus sparsus.

Hydropsyche pellucida, North Elmham, 22nd May

Limnephilus sparsus, North Elmham, 22nd May

After Sunday the weather worsened and this week has been poorer, though not without interest.  Monday night didn't add any new moths for the year, but produced Foxglove Pug, Flame Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, 2 Common Pugs, 3 Muslin Moths, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, 2 Hebrew Characters and Nut-tree Tussock.

Foxglove Pug, North Elmham, 22nd May

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