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.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Six Parornix species here in 2 years

The Parornix moths are a tricky group to identify and really need dissecting to be sure.  There are 8 species in Norfolk and you can expect to pick up a selection of these if you do take the trouble to confirm them.  I've been surprised in the variety here at North Elmham.  When I moved here in August 2014 I retained 3 specimens at random in anticipation that I would be learning to dissect later that autumn - they all proved to be different: scoticella, betulae and torquillella.  So far this year I've had 3 Parornix and I've dissected each one - again they've all been different, but moreover they've been different from 2014's - devoniella, anglicella and now finitimella.  So that's 6 out of the 8 leaving the scarce fagivora (only one record in this vice-county) and carpinella (only one record of a mine in Norfolk, no records in this VC).

The one I've just dissected was a female Pointed Slender Parornix finitimella from Saturday night and was my first ever example of this species.

Pointed Slender Parornix finitimella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 21st May

With 58 moths of 37 species Saturday night was the best so far this year.  One other was new for the house: Triple-spot Dwarf Elachista maculicerusella.

Triple-spot Dwarf Elachista maculicerusella, North Elmham, 21st May

In total there were no less than 12 species that were new for the year here, quite a lot considering I trap every night.  The other 10 were Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, Silver-ground Carpet, Sandy Carpet, Foxglove Pug, 2 Mottled Pugs, Eyed Hawkmoth, Buff Ermine, Flame Shoulder, Lychnis and Spectacle.

Eyed Hawkmoth, North Elmham, 21st May

Mottled Pug, North Elmham, 21st May

Buff Ermine, North Elmham, 21st May

Lychnis, North Elmham, 21st May

Silver-ground Carpet, North Elmham, 21st May

Spectacle, North Elmham, 21st May

The other moths were 3 Carrion Moths Monopis weaverella, 2 Little Dwarfs Elachista canapennella, Dark-barred Tortrix Syndemis musculana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Narrow-winged Greys Eudonia angustea, 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Common Swift, Pebble Hook-tip, 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, 3 Green Carpets, Currant Pug, 7 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Waved Umber, Common White Wave, 2 Poplar Hawkmoths, 2 Pale Prominents, Chocolate-tip, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, 3 Muslin Moths, Cinnabar, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Hebrew Character and 2 Treble Lines.

Dark-barred Tortrix Syndemis musculana, North Elmham, 21st May

It was the best night so far this year for caddisflies too: another Hydropsyche pellucidula, my first identified Phryganea bipunctata, 3 Glyphotaelius pellucidus, Grammotaulius nigropunctatus (my first here) and 7 Limnephilus auriculas.

Phryganea bipunctata, North Elmham, 21st May

Grammotaulius nigropunctatus, North Elmham, 21st May

The Brown Lacewing Hemerobius humulinus was the first I've confirmed here too.

Hemerobius humulinus, North Elmham, 21st May

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