Well it started off ok, if unremarkable, and might have turned out to be a reasonable night if the weather forecast hadn't got it even more wrong than we realised. Rain was due at about 5 or 6 in the morning but there were no rain drops in the forecast for tonight, so when it started to rain at about 10 o'clock we thought it would be just a quick shower. Some time later there was no sign of it letting up, and it became clear that the forecast was just completely wrong, again. We packed up disappointed that we'd wasted our efforts due to yet another poor weather forecast.
In the short time we were there we amassed a few moths but nothing staggering: 2 Common Oak Purples Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Common Oak Midget Phyllonorycter quercifoliella, 6 Beech Midgets Phyllonorycter maestingella, Peach Blossom, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Water Carpet, Spruce Carpet, 3 Brindled Pugs, 4 Purple Thorns, Great Prominent, Pale Tussock, 5 Orange Footmen, 8 Least Black Arches, Common Quaker, Twin-spotted Quaker, 3 Hebrew Characters and 16 Nut-tree Tussocks.
Peach Blossom, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Beech Midget Phyllonorycter maestigella (male, gen det), Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Spruce Carpet, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Purple Thorn (with Nut-tree Tussock and Common Quaker), Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Two Brown Lacewings proved to be Micromus paganus and Wesmaelius nervosus, both species I'd not identified before (not surprising as they were my second and third Brown Lacewings since owning the key for them).
Micromus paganus, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Wesmaelius nervosus, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
The caddisflies were represented by Glyphotaelius pellucidus, 4 Limnephilus affinis and 2 Limnephilus auricula.
Limnephilus affinis, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
The beetles were more interesting: among the 6 or so Cockchafers were Orange Ladybird, Cream-spot Ladybird, 2 Eyed Ladybirds and Phyllobius argentatus.
Cream-spot Ladybird, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Eyed Ladybird, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
Phyllobius argentatus, Bunker's Hill, 9th May
I didn't look close enough at all the things on the sheet as looking through my photos of various moths I found some Springtails that I failed to realise were there at the time.
2 different-looking springtails (and a fly), Bunker's Hill, 9th May
I had found my first Treble-bar for the year in the garden during the afternoon and the trap produced a few bits and pieces overnight. New for the year for the garden were Hazel Slender Parornix devoniella, Beech Midget Phyllonorycter maestingella, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet and White-pinion Spotted.
Hazel Slender Parornix devoniella, North Elmham, 9th May
Red Twin-spot Carpet, North Elmham, 9th May
Grey Pine Carpet, North Elmham, 9th May
White-pinion Spotted, North Elmham, 9th May
Bringing the total up to 26 species, I think the most so far this year, were Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 2 Brindled Flat-bodies Agonopterix arenella, 2 Many-plumed Moths Alucita hexadactyla, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Shoulder Stripe, 4 Streamers, 2 Brindled Pugs, 2 Double-striped Pugs, Yellow-barred Brindle, Scalloped Hazel, Brindled Beauty, 2 Waved Umbers, Pale Tussock, Cinnabar, Least Black Arches, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Clouded Drab, 6 Hebrew Characters, Early Grey and Nut-tree Tussock.
Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, North Elmham, 9th May
Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, North Elmham, 9th May
Most of the caddisflies were Limnephilus auricula but Limnephilus sparsus was new for the house. Also recorded were the leafhopper Empoasca vitis, 2 Green Lacewings Chrysoperla carnea, 2 Black Sexton Beetles and a Common Rough Woodlouse.
Limnephilus sparsus, North Elmham, 9th May
Empoasca vitis, North Elmham, 9th May