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, 3 October 2016

Gorse Groundling

After a couple of poor nights 10th August picked up just a little bit.  Only one new for the year: a Square-spotted Clay.

Square-spotted Clay, North Elmham, 10th August

Other macros were Large Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, 3 Single-dotted Waves, Riband Wave, 3 Common Carpets, Yellow-barred Brindle, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent, 2 Yellow-tails, 2 Black Arches, Dingy Footman, 2 Flame Shoulders, 15 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Least Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Clay, 2 Straw Underwings, Dun-bar, 5 Common Rustics, 5 Lesser Common Rustics and 2 Straw Dots.

Common Rustic (male, gen det), North Elmham, 10th August

Lesser Common Rustic (male, gen det), North Elmham, 10th August

The micros consisted of Garden Midget Phyllonorycter messaniella, Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, 5 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, 2 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, Heather Tortrix Argyrotaenia ljungiana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, 7 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 5 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 2 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 4 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis and Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella.

11th August was better with over 150 moths of 66 species, the best being Gorse Groundling Mirificarma mulinella, new for the house and my third anywhere.

Gorse Groundling Mirificarma mulinella, North Elmham, 11th August

New for the year on 11th were Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana, Svensson's Copper Underwing and Rosy Rustic.

Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana (male, gen det), North Elmham, 11th August

Svensson's Copper Underwing (male, gen det), North Elmham, 11th August

Rosy Rustic, North Elmham, 11th August

Other micros that night were New Oak Slender Caloptilia robustella, Ribwort Slender Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Garden Midget Phyllonorycter messaniella, 2 Golden Argents Argyresthia goedartella, 2 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, 3 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, 2 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, Heather Tortrix Argyrotaenia ljungiana, 2 Privet Tortrixes Clepsis consimilana, 4 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Dover Shade Cnephasia genitalana, 2 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana, 13 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 11 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 2 Pearl Grass-veneers Catoptria pinella, Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 8 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, 12 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

The other macros were 2 Orange Swifts, Pebble Hook-tip, Small Blood-vein, 6 Single-dotted Waves, Riband Wave, Common Carpet, 4 Small Rivulets, Maple Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, 2 Canary-shouldered Thorns, 2 Dusky Thorns, Scalloped Oak, 2 Willow Beauties, Poplar Hawkmoth, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, 2 Lesser Swallow Prominents, Yellow-tail, Black Arches, 4 Dingy Footmen, Buff Ermine, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, 10 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Dark Arches, Cloaked Minor, Common Rustic, Lesser Common Rustic, Small Rufous, Nut-tree Tussock and 9 Straw Dots.

Lacewings consisted of Chrysoperla carnea and Dichochrysa flavifrons.  Bugs included 3 Forest Bugs (Red-legged shieldbugs) and a Phytocoris varipes.

Phytocoris varipes, North Elmham, 11th August

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