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.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Another good haul

Insects at Ryburgh on 16th May included the Scorpion Fly Panorpa germanica, the click beetle Dalopius marginatus and a Silver-ground Carpet.  I then found myself heading up to Walsey Hills at Cley to see an Iberian Chiffchaff noticing Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella, Orange-tips and Holly Blues while I was enjoying the Iberian Chiff.

Panorpa germanica (female, gen det), Ryburgh, 16th May

That night was another good one with Hawthorn Bent-wing Bucculatrix bechsteinella new for the house.

Hawthorn Bent-wing Bucculatrix bechsteinella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 16th May

Like the previous night a high proportion of the species recorded were new for the year: Oak Bent-wing Bucculatrix ulmella, 2 Ribwort Slenders Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Blackthorn Slender Parornix torquillella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Common Swift, Maiden's Blush, Common Marbled Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Small Rivulet, Mottled Pug, Pebble Prominent, Chocolate-tip and 2 Orange Footmen.

 Oak Bent-wing Bucculatrix ulmella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 16th May

Ribwort Slender Aspilapteryx tringipennella, North Elmham, 16th May

Blackthorn Slender Parornix torquillella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 16th May

Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, North Elmham, 16th May

Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella (female, gen det), North Elmham, 16th May

Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, North Elmham, 16th May

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, North Elmham, 16th May

Common Marbled Carpet, North Elmham, 16th May

Broken-barred Carpet, North Elmham, 16th May

Small Rivulet, North Elmham, 16th May

Mottled Pug, North Elmham, 16th May

Pebble Prominent, North Elmham, 16th May

Chocolate-tip, North Elmham, 16th May

Orange Footman, North Elmham, 16th May

Other species were 3 Little Dwarfs Elachista canapennella, 2 Fen Flat-bodies Depressaria ultimella, Common Birch Bell Epinotia immundana, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, 2 Chinese Characters, 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, 5 Green Carpets, Currant Pug, 7 Common Pugs, 2 Oak-tree Pugs, 8 Brimstone Moths, 2 Scalloped Hazels, 3 Waved Umbers, White-pinion Spotted, Poplar Hawk-moth, Pale Prominent, Pale Tussock, White Ermine, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts and 2 Treble Lines.

This beetle proved to be Cantharis cryptica.

Cantharis cryptica, North Elmham, 16th May

The caddisfly Micropterna lateralis was new for the house while 2 Hydropsyche siltalai were new for the year.  Other caddis were 2 Glyphotaelius pellucidus and Limnephilus sparsus.

Micropterna lateralis (male), North Elmham, 16th May

Hydropsyche siltalai (female), North Elmham, 16th May

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