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.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Marbled Coronet

During the afternoon of 8th June I added Common Nettle-tap Anthophilus fabiricana to the garden year list. A good selection of moths in the trap that night inlcuding 47 species.  Best was a Marbled Coronet, a species mainly recorded at the coast in Norfolk, though there are a good spread of odd records elsewhere.  Still very unexpected here.

Marbled Coronet, North Elmham, 8th June

Also new for the house (it's only my second summer) were Giant Water-veneer Schoenobius gigantella and Large Nutmeg.

Giant Water-veneer Schoenobius gigantella, North Elmham, 8th June

Large Nutmeg, North Elmham, 8th June

New for the year at home were Brown Birch Slender Parornix betulae, Hedge Shade Isotrias rectifasciana, Purple Bar, Common Wainscot, Straw Dot and Snout.

Hedge Shades Isotrias rectifasciana, North Elmham, 8th June

Brown Birch Slender Parornix betulae (female, gen det), North Elmham, 8th June

Snout, North Elmham, 8th June

Common Wainscot, North Elmham, 8th June

Other moths were 52 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Garden Cosmet Mompha subbistrigella, Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, 2 Yellow-faced Bells Notocelia cynosbatella, Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer Crambus lathoniellus, 3 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 3 Small Magpies Anania hortulata, 3 Common Swifts, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, 6 Green Carpets, 4 Sandy Carpets, Foxglove Pug, Mottled Pug, 4 Common Pugs, 2 Grey Pugs, Clouded Silver, 4 White Ermines, 2 Buff Ermines, Muslin Moth, 6 Cinnabars, 2 Heart and Darts, 2 Flame Shoulders, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shears, Light Brocade, Lychnis, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Brown Rustic, Clouded-bordered Brindle, 2 Marbled Minors, 3 Tawny Marbled Minors, Middle-barred Minor, 8 Treble Lines, Vine's Rustic and Mottled Rustic.

Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, North Elmham, 8th June

Garden Cosmet Mompha subbistrigella, North Elmham, 8th June

Sandy Carpet, North Elmham, 8th June

Vine's Rustic, North Elmham, 8th June

Marbled Minor (male, gen det), North Elmham, 8th June

Tawny Marbled Minor (male, gen det), North Elmham, 8th June

Caddisflies were represented by 4 species from the same genus.  Limnephilus flavicornis was the first I've identified and Limnephilus binotatus was my first this year (and first properly identified with a key).  The others were 3 Limnephilus auricula and 2 Limnephilus lunatus.

Limnephilus flavicornis, North Elmham, 8th June

Limnephilus binotatus, North Elmham, 8th June

This Earwig was really small and I thought it must be something other than the Common Earwig which so far every Earwig I've identified has been.  Turns out, I think, that it's a juvenile Common Earwig.

 apparent juvenile Common Earwig, North Elmham, 8th June

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