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, 15 July 2017

An evening stroll locally produces two new moths

On the evening of Saturday 9th June I took a walk round Beetley Common and the adjacent private fishing pits.  I found a nice selection of moths including two lifers, Broad-barred Midget Phyllonorycter froelichiella and Brindled Argent Argyresthia curvella.

Broad-barred Midget Phyllonorycter froelichiella (female), Beetley Common, 9th June

Brindled Argent Argyresthia curvella (female), Beetley Common, 9th June

The others were Oak Carl Tischeria ekebladella, 3 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, White-speckled Clothes Moth Nemapogon koenigi, 25 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Grey-streaked Smudge Plutella porrectella, Hedge Case-bearer Coleophora striatipennella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 3 Privet Tortrixes Clepsis consimilana, Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana, 14 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Fenland Pearl Anania perlucidalis, Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, Gold Swift, 4 Brown Silver-lines and 2 Straw Dots.

Hedge Case-bearer Coleophora striatipennella (male, gen det), Beetley Common, 9th June

There were lots of caddisflies displaying around the lakeside willows.  Some, if not all, of them were Mystacides longicornis.

Mystacides longicornis (male), Beetley Common, 9th June

 This shieldbug appears to be a final instar Forest Bug (aka Red-legged Shieldbug).

final instar Forest Bug (Red-legged Shieldbug), Beetley Common, 9th June

This Banded Demoiselle was among the dragonflies.

Banded Demoiselle, Beetley Common, 9th June

Among the moths at home that night, Small Yellow Wave, 2 Heart and Clubs and Tawny Marbled Minor were new species for the year.

Small Yellow Wave, North Elmham, 9th June

Heart and Club, North Elmham, 9th June

Tawny Marbled Minor (male, gen det), North Elmham, 9th June

Other moths in the trap were Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 2 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 10 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Notocelia trimaculana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Hook-streaked Grass-Veneer Crambus lathoniellus, 3 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Eudonia lacustrata, 2 Small Magpies Anania hortulata, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 3 Silver-ground Carpets, Barred Straw, Sharp-angled Carpet, 4 Common Pugs, 2 Clouded Borders, Light Emerald, 2 Elephant Hawk-moths, 2 White Ermines, 9 Buff Ermines, 4 Ingrailed Clays, Small Square-spot, 2 Brown Rustics, Middle-barred Minor, 2 Treble Lines, 2 Mottled Rustics, 6 Straw Dots and Snout.

Beetles were represented by Aphodius rufipes (new for the year) and Cantharis rufa.

Aphodius rufipes, North Elmham, 9th June

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