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.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Red-tipped Clearwings and another Corn Moth

After my success with Currant Clearwing in the garden I put a lure out for Red-tipped Clearwing on Thursday 15th June.  When I checked the trap later on I was delighted to find no less than 5 Red-tipped Clearwings in it!  Awesome!

Red-tipped Clearwings, North Elmham, 15th June

I found Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pellionella and the carpet beetle Anthrenus fuscus in the house that day before another moderately good haul in the moth trap.  Fewer species than the previous night and nothing quite as exciting but 10 species were new for the year: Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana, Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, Small Emerald, Dwarf Cream Wave, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Barred Yellow, Short-cloaked Moth and 2 Double Square-spots.

Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana, North Elmham, 15th June

Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, North Elmham, 15th June

Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, North Elmham, 15th June

Small Emerald, North Elmham, 15th June

Dwarf Cream Wave, North Elmham, 15th June

Large Twin-spot Carpet, North Elmham, 15th June

Barred Yellow, North Elmham, 15th June

Short-cloaked Moth, North Elmham, 15th June

Double Square-spot, North Elmham, 15th June

Other moths trapped were Meadow Case-bearer Coleophora mayrella, Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, 7 Large Ivy Tortrixes Lozotaenia forsterana, Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana, 2 Barred Marbles Celypha striana, 11 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana, Crescent Bell Epinotia bilunana, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Notocelia trimaculana, 7 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, 8 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Little Greys Eudonia lacustrata, 4 Small Magpies Anania hortulata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla, Common Emerald, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Single-dotted Waves, 3 Treble Brown Spots, Riband Wave, Common Carpet, 3 Barred Straws, Currant Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, Clouded Border, Brimstone Moth, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Common White Wave, Clouded Silver, Poplar Hawk-moth, 17 Buff Ermines, Cinnabar, Heart and Club, 2 Heart and Darts, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 Flames, 2 Ingrailed Clays, 3 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 7 Brown Rustics, 4 Dark Arches, 3 Middle-barred Minors, Treble Lines, Uncertain, 4 Mottled Rustics, Burnished Brass, Spectacle, Beautiful Hook-tip, 2 Straw Dots, 2 Snouts and Fan-foot.

Next day I visited Ryburgh where moths included 2 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana and Yellow Shell.  Dragonflies included Banded Demoiselle, Emperor, Broad-bodied Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers.

Broad-bodied Chaser, Ryburgh, 16th June

Back at home I found Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana and Early Bumblebee in the garden.

Early Bumbleee, North Elmham, 16th June

Inside the house I discovered a moth which at first I thought seemed to be a good candidate for Pale Corn Clothes Moth Nemapogon variatella which would have been a lifer and the fourth for Norfolk.  Sadly closer inspection revealed that it wasn't quite so exciting, being a species I'd found inside the house last year, Corn Moth Nemapogon granella.  Still a good record - it's not been reported anywhere else in the county since 2013.

Corn Moth Nemapogon granella (male, gen det), North Elmham, 16th June

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