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.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Dark and Cloudy (Dagger and Magpie)

Things started to hot up a bit on 15th July with 283 moths of 93 species including 3 new for the house.  Those included this Clouded Magpie...

Clouded Magpie, North Elmham, 15th July

...also this Large Beech Piercer Cydia fagiglandana, my second ever anywhere...

Large Beech Piercer Cydia fagiglandana, North Elmham, 15th July

...and one that needed a gen det to confirm, a Dark Dagger.

Dark Dagger (female, gen det), North Elmham, 15th July

Several others were new for the year here, namely Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, 2 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, Antler Moth and Slender Brindle.

Antler Moth, North Elmham, 15th July

Slender Brindle, North Elmham, 15th July

Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, North Elmham, 15th July

Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, North Elmham, 15th July

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella, North Elmham, 15th July

Other micros were 3 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Tipped Oak Case-bearer Coleophora flavipennella, Speckled Case-bearer Coleophora sternipennella, 2 Grey Rush Case-bearers Coleophora glaucicolella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, 2 Brown House Moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, 3 Large Fruit-tree Tortrixes Archips podana, Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, 3 Grey Tortrixes Cnephasia stephensiana, 3 Flax Tortrixes Cnephasia asseclana, 6 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 8 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana, 2 Triangle-marked Rollers Ancylis achatana, Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana, Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, 10 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Grass-veneers Crambus pascuella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 9 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Small Magpies Anania hortulata, Elder Pearl Anania coronata, Fenland Pearl Anania perlucidalis, 6 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis, 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella and Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella.

Other macros were Ghost Moth, Common Swift, Drinker, 2 Buff Arches, 3 Common Emeralds, 4 Small Fan-footed Waves, Dwarf Cream Wave, Small Dusty Wave, 5 Single-dotted Waves, 12 Riband Waves, Large Twin-spot Carpet, 2 Common Carpets, Yellow Shell, Phoenix, 4 Barred Straws, 2 July Highflyers, Small Rivulet, Green Pug, 4 Brimstone Moths, Early Thorn, 3 Swallow-tailed Moths, 4 Peppered Moths, 4 Willow Beauties, 2 Mottled Beauties, Common White Wave, 5 Clouded Silvers, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Yellow-tail, 8 Rosy Footmen, 2 Scarce Footmen, 12 Common Footmen, 3 Buff Ermines, Short-cloaked Moth, 4 Flames, 2 Flame Shoulders, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Double Square-spots, 3 Dot Moths, 3 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 3 Clays, 4 Smoky Wainscots, 11 Dark Arches, 4 Tawny Marbled Minors, 2 Common Rustics, 19 Uncertains, Mottled Rustic, 4 Burnished Brasses, Spectacle, 3 Beautiful Hook-tips, 2 Straw Dots, 15 Snouts and 9 Fan-foots.

Buff Ermine (left) and Buff Arches (right), North Elmham, 15th July

Dot Moth, North Elmham, 15th July

Common Rustics (males, gen det), North Elmham, 15th July

One of the caddisflies was new to me: Ceraclea dissimilis.  Others were 2 Hydropsyche siltalai, 2 Limnephilus lunatus, Leptocerus tineiformis and Mystacides longicornis.

Ceraclea dissimilis, North Elmham, 15th July

Beetles and bugs were represented by an unidentified Diving Beetle, a Black Sexton Beetle and the bug Phylus palliceps.

unidentified Diving Beetle, North Elmham, 15th July

Phylus palliceps, North Elmham, 15th July

And finally I think this Mayfly was Pond Olive Cloeon dipterum.

Pond Olive Cloeon dipterum, North Elmham, 15th July

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