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, 10 October 2016

Butterbur but better

Two Migrant Hawkers graced the garden during the day of 12th August, along with Brimstone, Large White and 4 Peacocks.  That night proved to be an excellent night for moths with 227 moths of 87 species including some good surprises.  Among them was a macro lifer, and not one I particularly expected to encounter at home although it proved to be the first of three this autumn - an enormous dull (coloured), chubby-winged version of a Rosy Rustic - a Butterbur.

Butterbur, North Elmham, 12th August

Much nicer looking was this Bordered Beauty, hot on the heels of my first one on 6th August.

Bordered Beauty, North Elmham, 12th August

I was pretty happy with these, but had I identified one tricky tortrix straight away I'd have been even more pleased.  But it was pretty worn and apart from seeming quite dark it didn't have much in the way of distinguishing features - although how much that was due to its condition wasn't clear.  I had to dissect it to find out what it was.  The female genitalia pointed me to one of the Endothenia species but it wasn't immediately obvious which one.  Eventually I figured it out, though I had to get a second opinion before confirming it given its rarity.  It was a Woundwort Marble Endothenia pullana, a nationally notable species of fens and marshes that's only been recorded in Norfolk once before - in 1892!

Woundwort Marble Endothenia pullana (female, gen det confirmed per Jim Wheeler), North Elmham, 12th August

Two other micros were new for the house: Long-streak Midget Phyllonorycter salicicolella and Little Conch Cochylis dubitana.

Long-streak Midget Phyllonorycter salicicolella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 12th August

Little Conch Cochylis dubitana, North Elmham, 12th August

Another micro would have been noteworthy had it not escaped before I had a chance to identify or photograph it.  It was either Yellow-backed Clothes Moth Monopis obviella, which would have been another new moth for me, or Pale-backed Clothes Moth Monopis crocicapitella, which would have been new for the year and is supposed to be a rarer moth.

Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea was new for the year and other micros consisted of Carrion Moth Monopis weaverella, 2 Ribwort Slenders Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Hazel Slender Parornix devoniella, White Oak Midget Phyllonorycter harrisella, Beech Midget Phyllonorycter maestingella, Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella, 3 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, 2 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 Long-horned Flat-bodies Carcina quercana, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, 2 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrixes Pandemis corylana, 2 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrixes Pandemis heparana, Heather Tortrix Argyrotaenia ljungiana, 4 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana, 3 Garden Rose Tortrixes Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana, Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, 14 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 21 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, 5 Water Veneers Acentria ephemerella, 3 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 14 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula nitidulata, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, 2 Pale Straw Pearls Udea lutealis, 8 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis and Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella.

Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea, North Elmham, 12th August

Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella, North Elmham, 12th August

Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana (male, gen det), North Elmham, 12th August

Heather Tortrix Argyrotaenia ljungiana, North Elmham, 12th August

Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simliciana, North Elmham, 12th August

The remaining macros were 2 Orange Swifts, Pebble Hook-tip, 2 Blood-veins, Small Fan-footed Wave, 5 Single-dotted Waves, 5 Riband Waves, Common Carpet, 2 Small Rivulets, Maple Pug, Currant or Wormwood Pug (got away), 2 Yellow-barred Brindles, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Canary-shouldered Thorns, 2 Dusky Thorns, 2 Willow Beauties, Iron Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, 2 Coxcomb Prominents, 2 Pale Prominents, 3 Dingy Footmen, 8 Flame Shoulders, Large Yellow Underwing, 17 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 Six-striped Rustics, Square-spot Rustic, Knot Grass, Coronet, Straw Underwing, 5 Dark Arches, Cloaked Minor, 2 Common Rustics, 3 Flounced Rustics, Twin-spotted Wainscot, Uncertain, Nut-tree Tussock and 19 Straw Dots.

Twin-spot Wainscot, North Elmham, 12th August

Knot Grass, North Elmham, 12th August

Maple Pug (female, gen det), North Elmham, 12th August

Finally the bug Psallus haematodes was a new one for me.

Psallus haematodes, North Elmham, 12th August

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