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, 19 June 2017

Cydia ulicetana - garden first

When I got home from Row Heath it wasn't far off time to go through the moth trap at home.  The biggest surprise was a moth that's abundant around gorse but which hadn't made it to my garden before: Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana.

Others new for the year here were Hedge Shade Isotrias rectifasciana, Woodland Marble Orthotaenia undulana, Figure of Eighty, Clay Triple-lines, Purple Bar, Common White Wave, Small Square-spot, Middle-barred Minor and Small Fan-foot (plus the Mayfly Green Drake Ephemera danica).

Hedge Shades Isotrias rectifasciana, North Elmham, 27th May

Woodland Marble Orthotaenia undulana, North Elmham, 27th May

Figure of Eighty, North Elmham, 27th May

Clay Triple-lines, North Elmham, 27th May

Purple Bar, North Elmham, 27th May

Small Square-spot, North Elmham, 27th May

A late Tufted Button Acleris cristana was unexpected - and it looked like it had been out too long!

Tufted Button Acleris cristana, North Elmham, 27th May

Other moths were Dark-barred Tortrix Syndemis musculana, 3 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, 6 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Yellow-faced Bell Notocelia cynosbatella, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Notocelia trimaculana, 2 Hook-streaked Grass-Veneers Crambus lathoniellus, 3 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Small Magpie Anania hortulata, Blood-vein, 3 Silver-ground Carpets, 2 Common Carpets, Common Marbled Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, 2 Green Carpets, 8 Common Pugs, Clouded Border, Brown Silver-line, Peppered Moth, Pale Oak Beauty, 5 Light Emeralds, Coxcomb Prominent, Buff-tip, 2 Pale Tussocks, Orange Footman, 5 White Ermines, 2 Buff Ermines, Cinnabar, Heart and Dart, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts, Light Brocade, 2 Rustic Shoulder-knots, 3 Brown Rustics, Clouded-bordered Brindle, 5 Treble Lines and 3 Straw Dots.  Also the caddisfly Glyphotaelius pellucidus.

Light Brocade, North Elmham, 27th May

Next day Dave and I headed up to Salthouse Heath to search for Large Red-belted (and Yellow-legged) Clearwings using pheronome lures.  We drew a total blank unfortunately, but saw a few other moths: probable Bridge Roller Ancylis uncella, >200 Grey Gorse Piercers Cydia ulicetana, Small Rivulet and 2 Brown Silver-lines.

At home this Garden Cosmet Mompha subbistrigella was inside the house, new for the year.

Garden Cosmet Mompha subbistrigella, North Elmham, 27th May

Also during the day there was a Chalk Knot-horn Phycitodes maritima in the garden.  Next post will cover the night's moth trap contents.

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