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.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Agriphila latistria, Red Underwings and ANOTHER basaltinella

The night of 25th August was nearly as good as the previous three nights in terms of numbers and variety, if not quite so.  Only one moth was new for the year though, but a fairly decent one that was also new for the house - White-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila latistria.  A lot of people have been reporting this species in places it doesn't normally turn up recently - whether they are migrants or the species is just having a good year locally I'm not sure

White-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila latistria, North Elmham, 25th August

The other micros were Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella, 2 Little Ermels Swammerdamia pyrella, 2 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Woundwort Case-bearer Coleophora lineolea, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, 2 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, Dover Shade Cnephasia genitalana, 2 Dark-triangle Buttons Acleris laterana, 3 Garden Rose Tortrixes Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 4 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 2 Rush Marbles Bactra lancealana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, 4 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 9 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, 2 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, 5 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, 4 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis, 2 Grey Knot-horns Acrobasis advenella, White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

Macros consisted of 2 Orange Swifts, Blood-vein, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet, 5 Green Carpets, Sharp-angled Carpet, Maple Pug, Lime-speck Pug, 2 Double-striped Pugs, 2 Treble-bars, 16 Brimstone Moths, 3 Canary-shouldered Thorns, 6 Dusky Thorns, 3 Willow Beauties, Common White Wave, 5 Poplar Hawkmoths, 2 Sallow Kittens, 2 Iron Prominents, Lesser Swallow Prominent, 2 Swallow Prominents, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 17 Flame Shoulders, 19 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 9 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Small Square-spot, 9 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 Six-striped Rustics, 13 Square-spot Rustics, Cabbage Moth, 4 Common Wainscots, Straw Underwing, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Common Rustic, 10 Flounced Rustics, Burnished Brass, Spectacle, 37 Straw Dots and 3 Snouts.

Atrhripsodes albifrons, North Elmham, 25th August

Not one but 2 Red Underwings were the highlight of the following night.

Red Underwings, North Elmham, 26th August

It was otherwise much quieter than recent nights with Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella, Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, Chamomile Conch Cochylidia implicitana, 3 Light Brown Apple Moths Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Garden Rose Tortrixes Acleris variegana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, 2 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, 3 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, 4 Ringed China-marks Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, 3 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Single-dotted Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, 5 Green Carpets, Currant Pug, Double-striped Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Canary-shouldered Thorns, 2 Dusky Thorns, Poplar Hawkmoth, Iron Prominent, 2 Lesser Swallow Prominents, Coxcomb Prominent, Dingy Footman, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 18 Flame Shoulders, Large Yellow Underwing, 11 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 3 Small Square-spots, 10 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Square-spotted Clay, Six-striped Rustic, 9 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Common Wainscots, Centre-barred Sallow, 14 Flounced Rustics, Vine's Rustic, Silver Y, Spectacle and 18 Straw Dots.

Chamomile Conch Cochylidia implicitana, North Elmham, 26th August

The following night I joined the Norfolk Moth Survey at Church Marsh, Surlingham.  I will do a separate post about that shortly, probably tomorrow, but in the meantime here's what I had at home that night.  There were a few more moths than the night before, and more variety, but none were new for the year.  The rarest in Norfolk terms, if not in my garden terms, was another Thatch Groundling Scoparia basaltinella, bringing my garden total, and the entire county total, up to 5.

Thatch Groundling Bryotropha basaltinella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 27th August

Other micros were Bordered Carl Coptotriche marginea, Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella, Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella, Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, Woundwort Case-bearer Coleophora lineolea, 4 Brown House Moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Brown-spot Flat-body Agonopterix alstromeriana, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, Chamomile Conch Cochylidia implicitana, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana, Acleris laterana agg., 7 Garden Rose Tortrixes Acleris variegana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, Plum Fruit Moth Grapholita funebrana, Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella, 4 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneers Agriphila geniculea, 2 Chequered Grass-veneers Catoptria falsella, Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella, 6 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 3 Grey Knot-horns Acrobasis advenella and Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla.

Brown-spot Flat-body Agonopterix alstromeriana, North Elmham, 27th August

The macros were 2 Orange Swifts, Maiden's Blush, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Red Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Common Carpets, Common Marbled Carpet, 5 Green Carpets, Double-striped Pug, 2 Treble-bars, Yellow-barred Brindle, Clouded Border, 20 Brimstone Moths, 3 Dusky Thorns, 2 Common Waves, 2 Light Emeralds, Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Lesser Swallow Prominents, Dingy Footman, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 15 Flame Shoulders, 23 Large Yellow Underwings, 8 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 5 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Small Square-spots, 13 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 2 Six-striped Rustics, 12 Square-spot Rustics, Common Wainscot, Angle Shades, Dark Arches, 7 Flounced Rustics, 4 Burnished Brasses, 19 Straw Dots and 3 Snouts.

Maiden's Blush, North Elmham, 27th August

Other bits and pieces included the Green Lacewing Cunctochrysa albolineata, 3 Forest Bugs (Red-legged Shieldbugs), this Harlequin Ladybird and my first Hornet of the year.

Harlequin Ladybird, North Elmham, 27th August

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