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, 15 June 2016

New caddis and new leafhopper

It's that time of year when I start getting really behind with a desk full of pots containing moths that need dissecting or other things that require close examination.  I'll do my best to keep up - or rather catch up - but no promises.

Last Monday (6th June) saw 25 species of moth at home including 7 new for the year (none of which were very unexpected): 5 Buff Rush Case-bearers Coleophora caespititiella, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, Triple-blotched Bell Notocelia trimaculana, Small Magpie Anania hortulata, Light Emerald, Turnip Moth and Tawny Marbled Minor.

Light Emerald, North Elmham, 6th June

Small Magpie , North Elmham, 6th June

Triple-blotched Bell Notocelia trimaculana, North Elmham, 6th June

Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, North Elmham, 6th June

Buff Rush Case-bearer Coleophora caespititiella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 6th June

The others were 18 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Swift, Blood-vein, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, 2 Green Carpets, 4 Common Pugs, White Ermine, 2 Buff Ermines, 2 Cinnabars, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Small Square-spot, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 3 Shears, Brown Rustic and 10 Treble Lines.

Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, North Elmham, 6th June

The following night was better with 36 species including another surge of Diamond-backs.  Another 7 were new for the year: Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Small Rivulet, Grey Pug, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Mottled Rustic.

Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, North Elmham, 7th June

Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, North Elmham, 7th June

Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, North Elmham, 7th June

Shoulder-striped Wainscot, North Elmham, 7th June

Grey Pug (male, gen det), North Elmham, 7th June

The rest were 93 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Buff Rush Case-bearer Coleophora caespititiella, White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 4 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, 3 Yellow-faced Bells Notocelia cynosbatella, Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, 5 Small Magpies Anania hortulata, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Common Swift, Silver-ground Carpet, 3 Green Carpets, Sandy Carpet, 8 Common Pugs, Yellow-barred Brindle, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, 4 White Ermines, 2 Buff Ermines, 5 Cinnabars, Heart and Dart, 2 Flame Shoulders, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Shears, Marbled Minor, 2 Middle-barred Minors, 17 Treble Lines and Spectacle.

Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, North Elmham, 7th June

Among the caddisflies Glyphotaelius pellucidus is now familiar, 2 Limnephilus lunatus were new for the year but one of the few caddisflies distinctive enough for me to have identified before getting the key this year, and 3 Mystacides longicornis, a species I think I recognise as having seen before but which I had not identified previously.

Limnephilus lunatus, North Elmham, 7th June

Mystacides longicornis, North Elmham, 7th June

Another pan-lifer came in the form of the leafhopper Oncopsis subangulata.

Oncopsis subangulata, North Elmham, 7th June

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