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, 22 October 2016

Small Red-eyed Damsels on the patch and two new moths for the house

Had a look round the patch on 21st August, primarily for birds but also for insects.  At Hell Pit the latter included Banded Demoiselle and Southern Hawker representing the dragonflies, Green-veined White, Common Blue, 5 Meadow Browns and 4 Speckled Woods representing the butterflies, Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, 2 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella and Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis representing the moths, and a Harlequin Ladybird.

The nearby gravel workings produced fewer insects but a few damselflies at the edge of a pool there.  Most were Common Blue Damselflies but among them were at least 9 Small Red-eyed Damselflies, the first time I've seen this species on the patch.

Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Bittering, 21st August

The other end of the patch isn't much good at the moment so only stopped briefly - one Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis was the only insect I noted.

That night was a bit of an improvement on the moth front compared to recent days.  Two species were new for the house - my second ever Long-winged Shade Cnephasia longana and a Triple-spotted Pug.

Long-winged Shade Cnephasia longana (male, gen det), North Elmham, 21st August

Triple-spotted Pug (male, gen det), North Elmham, 21st August

Also new for the year was this Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria.

Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria, North Elmham, 21st August

Other moths were Woundwort Case-bearer Coleophora lineolea, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana, 3 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana, 3 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, 4 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 7 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 5 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis, 3 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Orange Swifts, Riband Wave, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Carpets, Green Carpet, 3 Yellow-barred Brindles, 11 Brimstone Moths, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Willow Beauty, Dingy Footman, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 6 Flame Shoulders, Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Six-striped Rustic, Square-spot Rustic, Dark Arches, Common Rustic, 3 Flounced Rustics and 11 Straw Dots.

Other insects included the Green Lacewing Cunctochrysa albolineata, caddisflies Glyphotaelius pellucidus (2) and Limnephilus rhombicus; also Forest Bug (Red-legged Shieldbug) and Harlequin Ladybird.

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