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.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Acorn Piercer

Just 3 new for the year on 28th July: Acorn Piercer Pammene fasciana, Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella and Scalloped Hook-tip.

Scalloped Hook-tip, North Elmham, 28th July

Acorn Piercer Pammene fasciana, North Elmham, 28th July

Here it is with a Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana.  Not all fasciana have such a conspicuous dark patch midway along the costa and I think some examples of these two species can look quite alike.

Acorn Piercer Pammene fasciana (left) and Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana (right), North Elmham, 28th July

Other micros were Beech Midget Phyllonorycter maestingella, 5 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, 4 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, 2 Woundwort Case-bearers Coleophora lineolea, White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, 2 Dingy Dowds Blastobasis adustella, Bulrush Cosmet Limnaecia phragmitella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 2 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrixes Pandemis heparana, Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana, 5 Dover Shades Cnephasia genitalana, 2 Garden Rose Tortrixes Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana, Plum Fruit Moth Grapholita funebrana, 2 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, 10 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Pale Water-veneer Donacaula forficella, Little Grey Eudonia lacustrata, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula nitidulata, Small Magpie Anania hortulata, 2 Elder Pearls Anania coronata, 3 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

The remaining macros were Ghost Moth, Pebble Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Large Emerald, Blood-vein, Least Carpet, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, Single-dotted Wave, 11 Riband Waves, 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, 3 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpets, Shaded Broad-bar, Dark Umber, 3 Clouded Borders, Early Thorn, Purple Thorn, 2 Scalloped Oaks, 2 Peppered Moths, 3 Willow Beauties, Poplar Hawkmoth, 3 Swallow Prominents, 2 Pale Prominents, Yellow-tail, 8 Rosy Footmen, 13 Dingy Footmen, 16 Scarce Footmen, 2 Buff Footmen, 50 Common Footmen, 2 Buff Ermines, Ruby Tiger, Cinnabar, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Double Square-spot, Nutmeg, 2 Dot Moths, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 3 Clays, 2 Poplar Greys, 5 Dark Arches, 32 Uncertains, 2 Rustics, 2 Nut-tree Tussocks, 2 Straw Dots, Snout and 3 Fan-foots.

Dark Umber, North Elmham, 28th July

Peppered Moth, North Elmham, 28th July

Just one Green Lacewing in the trap, a Dichochrysa prasina, which seems to be relatively scarce here compared to some of the other Green Lacewings.  Two more the following night, which I'll post about shortly.

Dichochrysa prasina, North Elmham, 28th July

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