Natterjack Toad, Burnham Overy Dunes, 1st May
unidentified caterpillar (possibly Garden Tiger?), Burnham Overy Dunes, 1st May
There was also a Limnephilus auricula (caddisfly) at Holkham. Not many moths at home again that night but there were two new for the year: Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella and Knot Grass. The others were Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Waved Umber, Muslin Moth and 3 Hebrew Characters.
Knot Grass, North Elmham, 1st May
Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 1st May
This weevil was on my front door (inside) in the morning - although I can't find any definitive statement that the dark line down the join of the elytra is a reliable identifier, all the images I've checked of other Strophosoma and similar species seem to lack it whereas it is apparently characteristic of Nut Leaf Weevil Strophosoma melanogrammum - a new species for me.
Strophosoma melanogrammum, North Elmham, 2nd May
Next day I returned to Burnham Overy where I saw another Natterjack in the dunes, and a Stoat. Moths included Plain Fanner Glyphipterix fuscoviridella, Dusky Groundling Aroga velocella, Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana and 3 Cinnabars. There were 2 Small Coppers and the brown lacewing Hemerobius humulinus.
Natterjack Toad, Burnham Overy Dunes, 2nd May
Black-headed Conch Cochylis atricapitana, Burnham Overy Dunes, 2nd May
The most impressive natural phenonemon though was this 'glory' - a rainbow halo around my shadow as I walked down the seawall early in the morning. I think it's also known as Brocken Spectre, though I'm not sure if that's exactly the same thing or not - more often seen in mountains apparently, though I suspect that has something to do with the way the shadow is thrown down a hillside which was sort-of the case here as I was on top of the seawall.
'Glory' or Brocken Spectre, Burnham Overy Dunes, 2nd May
Moths at home that night were Swallow Prominent, White Ermine, Muslin Moth, Clouded Drab and 4 Hebrew Characters, the White Ermine being new for the year.
White Ermine, North Elmham, 2nd May
The following night Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella and Red Twin-spot Carpet were new for the year. There was also Little Dwarf Elachista canapennella, Swallow Prominent, Pale Tussock and 4 Hebrew Characters, plus the caddisfly Glyphotaelius pellucidus and a Black Sexton Beetle.
Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, North Elmham, 3rd May
Red Twin-spot Carpet, North Elmham, 3rd May
The following night Scalloped Hazel was new for the year. Other moths were 2 Red Twin-spot Carpets, Brindled Pug, Brimstone Moth, Swallow Prominent, Muslin Moth and 4 Hebrew Characters. Also the caddisfly Limnophilus sparsus and another Black Sexton Beetle.
Scalloped Hazel, North Elmham, 4th May