July 2012

 

Tuesday 31st July

This evening's moths were Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, probable Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, unidentified Groundling Bryotropha sp., Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 3 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Yellow Satin Veneers Crambus perlella, 4 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 2 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 3 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Common Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle, Scalloped Oak, Willow Beauty, Elephant Hawkmoth, Dingy Footman, Common Footman, Uncertain and Fan-foot.

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Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella (left) and Groundling sp. Bryotropha sp. (right), Bawdeswell, 31st July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Parornix; the Bryotropha may be a poorly-marked Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis but I'm not sure it isn't an Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis or possibly (hopefully as it would be my first) Dull Red Groundling Bryotropha senectella

 

Monday 30th July

Best moth tonight was Cloaked Minor - only had one at home before. Others were probable Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 Long-horned Flat-bodies Carcina quercana, probable Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, 2 Single-dotted Waves, Riband Wave, Brimstone Moth, 2 Scalloped Oaks, Willow Beauty, Dingy Footman, 3 Common Footmen, Cabbage Moth, Clay, 3 Uncertains and Snout.

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Cloaked Minor (left) and Clay (right), Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

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Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens (left) and probable Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella (right), Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

Sunday 29th July

Another weekend passed without birding - I'm desperately trying to get on top of things so I can get out more... I will get there! But just moths to report for this evening, and not many of them either: Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, 2 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, Single-dotted Wave, 2 Riband Waves, Scalloped Oak, Elephant Hawkmoth, Pale Prominent, 7 Common Footmen, Smoky Wainscot, Dark Arches, Common Rustic agg. and 5 Uncertains.

 

Saturday 28th July

My first Juniper Pug was the highlight tonight. A Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana was my first at home and another Buff Footman was nice. New for the year were Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica and Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata.

Others were Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, 3 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, 8 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Small Dwarf Wave, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Single-dotted Waves, 8 Riband Waves, Yellow Shell, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Willow Beauty, 2 Pale Prominents, Dingy Footman, 13 Common Footmen, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Dun-bar, 2 Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., 5 Common Rustic aggs., 6 Uncertains, Snout and Fan-foot.

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Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana (left) and Juniper Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

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Buff Footman (left) and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

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Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana (left) and Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

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Pale Prominent (left) and Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

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House Groundling Bryotropha domestica (left) and Dun-bar (right), Bawdeswell, 28th July

 

Friday 27th July

Syderstone Common at lunch time produced a few lepidoptera, especially Pearl Veneers (10+) and Cinnabar caterpillars (200+). The only other moths identified were 4 Six-spot Burnets.

An Olympic event of some sort kept my wife glued to tele tonight which meant I could leave the MV light on for longer than usual. Consequently we were inundated with moths again with record counts of 3 common species (11 Riband Waves, 26 Common Footmen and 17 Uncertains). Previously the only Footmen I've recorded at home have been Common and Dingy, although I've encountered several other species elsewhere, some of them quite commonly. No Dingy tonight but in addition to all the Commons there were 2 Buff Footmen and 3 Scarce Footmen.

Other moths were Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, 2 Case-bearer spp. Coleophora spp. (different species), 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, probable Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Cnephasia sp., Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana (my second ever), 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, 5 Yellow Satin Veneers Crambus perlella, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella (new for this year), 2 Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, 3 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Small Blood-vein, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, Dwarf Cream Wave, Yellow Shell, July Highflyer, Early Thorn, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Buff Ermine, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings (new for the year), Double Square-spot, Clay, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., 2 Common Rustic aggs. and Snout.

Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting & confirming the Coleophora as Tipped Oak Case-bearer Coleophora flavipennellla and Agrimony Case-bearer Coleophora follocularis, and the Cnephasia as Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana.

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Small Skipper (left) and Comma (right), Syderstone Common, 27th July

 

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Six-spot Burnets, Syderstone Common, 27th July

 

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Buff Footman (left) and Common Footman (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

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Scarce Footman (left) and Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

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Yellow Shell (left) and July Highflyer (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

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Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella (left) and Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July - I tried hard to convince myself that the Crambus was something more interesting but in the end I think it was just an excessively pale pascuella

 

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Gret Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana (left) and Tipped Oak Case-bearer Coleophora flavipennella (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting these

 

Thursday 26th July

The worst night this week for moths - Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 3 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, 3 Dwarf Cream Waves, 3 Riband Waves, 3 Dingy Footmen, Common Rustic agg. and Snout.

 

Wednesday 25th July

Had a stroll at Houghton at lunch in a place I've heard Willow Tit previously but no luck today, just Nuthatch and Treecreeper calling. Moths weren't much better with just Dingy Footman identified.

At home this evening far fewer moths than the last couple of nights, though these included a new one for me - Long-streak Midget Phyllonorycter salicicolella (I think). Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata was the first I've seen at home. Also 4 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortix Pandemis heparana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 6 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Yellow Satin Veneers Crambus perlella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, 3 Riband Waves, Double-striped Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Brimstone Moth, Early Thorn, 3 Common Footmen, Double Square-spot, Dot Moth, Dun-bar, Marbled Minor agg. and 2 Uncertains.

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Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata (left) and Dun-bar (right), Bawdeswell, 25th July

 

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Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis (left) and Long-streak Midget Phyllonorycter salicolella (right), Bawdeswell, 25th July

 

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Bee Moths, Bawdeswell, 25th July - the male on the left was more than twice the size of the female on the right

 

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Yellow-barred Brindle, Bawdeswell, 25th July

 

Tuesday 24th July

Another excellent evening for moths with 43 species including 2-3 I've not recorded before. Golden-brown Tubic Batia unitella and Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana were new for me. Although I do have a previous record of Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana I'm pretty sure that when I get round to going through my old records of identified Cnephasia I will end up throwing this one (and most of the others) out as being unsatisfactorily determined. However 1 of 2 Cnephasia sp. this evening was tiny, with a wing length of 6mm, and from what I can gather a combination of that size and the general appearance is sufficient to identify it as Light Grey Tortrix Cn. incertana with reasonable certainty. The other was larger and darker and pehaps more likely to be Flax Tortrix Cn. asseclana, but as neither measurements nor appearance seem to be beyond the range of incertana it shall have to go down as Cnephasia sp., like most of the others.

Several others were notable to a degree: Large Clothes Moth Morophaga choragella and Pale-bordered Piercer Grapholita janthinana were both my second records and relatively scarce species in Norfolk. 5 Water Veneers Acentria ephemerella were more of a surprise despite being much commoner in the county - I've seen them elsewhere in numbers but at home I've never had any previously. Other species I normally see elsewhere more than I do at home included Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana and July Highflyer. Turnip Moth was another I see relatively few of at home.

The rest were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, 3 Hawthorn Ermels Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., 5 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 4 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 18 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, 2 Common Emeralds, 3 Small Blood-veins, 5 Small Fan-footed Waves, Small Dusty Wave, 5 Riband Waves, Double-striped Pug, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Elephant Hawkmoths, 3 Dingy Footmen, 8 Common Footmen, Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Double Square-spots, Clay, Marbled Minor agg., 2 Uncertains and Fan-foot.

Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora - it was my first Apple & Plum Case-bearer Coleophora spinella.

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Golden-brown Tubic Batia unitella (left) and Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

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Large Clothes Moth Morophaga choragella, Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

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Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana (left) and Pale-bordered Piercer Grapholita janthinana (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

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Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella (left) and Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

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July Highflyer (left) and Turnip Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

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Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Bawdeswell, 24th July - not great photos but chosen to show how the cilia can appear coppery in certain lights (especially with flash) inviting confusion with the smaller Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella

 

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Apple & Plum Case-bearer Coleophora spinella, Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

Monday 23rd July

A lunch-time stroll at Bunker's Hill between Amner and Houghton produced no birds of note but 3 moths: London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana and Yellow Shell. During the afternoon another moth, Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, flew in through the office window along with zillions of thrips.

A hot night ensured a good selection of moths with no less than 44 species, the micros being especially well represented. Of these the highlights were Golden Lance-wing Epermenia chaerophyllella (I like the new English names but I'm not sure about this one - why golden?), Marbled Cosmet Mompha propinquella, Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, which were all new for the year, as was the commoner Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella.

The remainder consisted of a record count of 7 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, 2 Dark Groundlings Bryotropha affinis, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Obscure sp. Oegoconia sp., London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heperana, 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 11 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 4 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, 5 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Common Emerald, 2 Small Blood-veins, 5 Small Fan-footed Waves, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Riband Waves, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Yellow Shell, 3 Brimstone Moths, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Privet Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Dingy Footmen, 4 Double Square-spots, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, Dark Arches and Snout.

Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora - it was my first Body-marked Case-bearer Coleophora clypeiferella.

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Golden Lance-wing Epermenia chaerophyllella (left) and Marbled Cosmet Mompha propinquella (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd July

 

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Hawthorn Ereml Paraswammerdamia nebulella (left) and Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd July

 

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Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella (left) and Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd July

 

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Body-marked Case-bearer Coleophora clypeiferella, Bawdeswell, 23rd July - thanks to Jon for gen detting it

 

Sunday 22nd July

Best moth tonight was Rose Tortrix Archips rosana - apparently only one other person has recorded this declining species in Norfolk in the 21st century.

Over the last few years I've recorded a number of clothes moths that I was originally identifying as Brown-dotted Clothes Moths Niditinea fuscella. This year I've researched the ID a bit more deeply and I'm inclined to think that they were probably more likely to be Case-bearing Clothes Moths Tinea pellionella. I've saved a couple for gen detting so hopefully we'll get confirmation, but tonight I had one that was quite different from previous ones, being larger, more obviously patterned and having a clearly chequered fringe - I suspect this one really was a Brown-dotted Clothes Moth Niditinea fuscella. (Update November - Jon's gen detted this one and I was right!)

Other moths tonight were 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 3 Obscure sp. Oegoconia sp., London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, 2 Small Blood-veins, Small Fan-footed Wave, 3 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Single-dotted Waves, Riband Wave, Yellow Shell, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, 2 Elephant Hawkmoths, 3 Common Footmen, Buff Ermine, Dot Moth and 3 Snouts.

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Rose Tortrix Archips rosana (left) and Single-dotted Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 22nd July

 

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Brown-dotted Clothes Moth Niditinea fuscella, Bawdeswell, 22nd July - thanks to Jon for gen detting this

 

Saturday 21st July

Went to Strumpshaw this evening for another moth event. Lots of others there but even with 8 lights spread out they were no match for the clear skies and falling temperatures. Nevertheless a good few moths were seen - more than double the number seen on last year's effort apparently, when the temperature was much colder still. My first time mothing in the Broads so I expected lots of new species - and indeed a few were secured: Burdock Conch Aethes rubigana, Mugwort Plume Ovendenia lienigianus, Balsam Carpet, Small Seraphim, Garden Tiger, 2 Southern Wainscots, Double Lobed, Small Wainscot and Silky Wainscot (technically I have seen Garden Tigers before, but only as caterpillars and the stunning adults have long been high on my wish list.

I always hope to learn from others more experienced than me when I go to these events and tonight I certainly did learn a bit, but in hindsight as I went through my photos I realised that the large number of people present at each trap meant it was a bit awkward to get a really good look at some of the moths and I wished I'd spent longer at fewer lights rather than trying to get round them all. Perhaps I wouldn't have seen so much but I'd have had a better look at the ones I did see. There were a few occasions where I identified a moth as one species and more experienced moth-ers corrected me but in hindsight I realise I didn't spend enough time getting to grips with why I had been mistaken - or as turned out to be the case when I looked through my photos for some of them, where they had been mistaken!

London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 3 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heperana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, Grey Tortrix sp. Cnephasia sp., 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 3 Sallow Marbles Apotomis capreana, Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana, Wainscot Veneer Chilo phragmitella, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Ghost Moth, 4 Drinkers, Buff Arches, 2 Large Emeralds, Lesser Cream Wave, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, Riband Wave, Flame Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Phoenix, 4+ July Highflyers, May Highflyer, 2 Sandy Carpets, Slender Pug, 8 Clouded Borders, 2 Early Thorns, 2 Scalloped Oaks, 2 Peppered Moths, Engrailed, Common White Wave, 2 Privet Hawkmoths, Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Elephant Hawkmoths, 2 Buff-tips, 3 Yellow-tails, Black Arches, 2 Round-winged Muslins, 3 Dingy Footmen, Scarce Footman, 15 Common Footmen, 2 Buff Ermines, Ruby Tiger, 5 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Cabbage Moth, Dot Moth, 4 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 2 Antler Moths, 3+ Smoky Wainscots, Common Wainscot, Mouse Moth, 2 Dun-bars, 3 Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., Common Rustic agg., 4 Uncertains, Burnished Brass, Snout and Fan-foot.

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Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar (left) and Garden Tiger (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Ghost Moth (left) and Black-bellied Diving Beetle (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Balsam Carpet (left) and Small Seraphim (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Double Lobed (left) and Phoenix (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Common Rustic agg. (left) and Dun-bar (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Antler Moth and Smoky Wainscot (left) and Wainscot Veneer Chilo phragmitella (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Mugwort Plume Ovendenia lienigianus (left) and Burdock Conch Aethes rubigana (right), Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

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Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, Strumpshaw Fen, 21st July

 

Friday 20th July

Conditions looked good for mothing tonight, once the rain had stopped, so I'd have liked to have gone out somewhere different. But with lots to do and sleep to catch up on I decided I couldn't fit that in as well as the Norfolk Moth Survey event at Strumpshaw tomorrow. I did get some interesting moths in at home though including my first ever Round-winged Muslin. Another was new for home, though I've seen them elsewhere: Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana.

Other moths I don't see at home very often included Barred Marble Celypha striana (I've had 5 this month but none in previous years at home), V-Pug and Clouded Border (one per year for the last 4 years). Commoner species that were new for the year included Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella and Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis. I also recorded record counts of three species: 8 Common Footmen, 4 Bright-line Brown-eyes and 13 Uncertains.

The rest of the 86 moths of 47 species were Clothes Moth sp. Tinea sp.*, Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, Hawthorn Ermels Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp.*, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Large Fruite-tree Tortrix Archips podana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Flax Tortrix agg. Cnephasia sp., Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 7 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Riband Wave, 2 Brimstone Moths, 3 Scalloped Oaks, Engrailed, Flame, Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Double Square-spots, 2 Clays, Light Arches, 2 Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., Common Rustic agg., Straw Dot, Snout and Fan-foot.

*Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Clothes Moth and Coleophora - they were Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pelloniella and Woundwort Case-bearer Coleophora lineolea.

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Round-winged Muslin, Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

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V-Pug (left) and Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

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Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella (left) and Woundwort Case-bearer Coleophora lineolea (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora!

 

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Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana (left) and Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xlosteana (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

Thursday 19th July

Best macro tonight was my first Slender Pug. I've often wondered why there are references to confusion between Small Dusty Waves and Pugs when to me they look totally different, but seeing this Pug I now understand! Close up the pattern is quite different, but from a distance the size and shape of this pug was remarkably similar to Small Dusty Wave (although I had a suspicion it wasn't!).

Other moths tonight were Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, 2 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Scalloped Oak, Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 2 Clays, Smoky Wainscot, Dark Arches and Silver Y.

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Slender Pug, Bawdeswell, 19th July

 

Wednesday 18th July

Not a vast number of moths tonight but a nice selection including the 4th vice-county record of Lemon Bell Thiodia citrana (I had the 3rd here last year), both Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoths and a Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana. Also my first Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella of the year, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hammana, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla (nice to see they're now using this common name: much more appropriate than the inaccurate old name of Twenty-plume Moth!), 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Small Blood-vein, Scalloped Oak, Dot Moth, Marbled Minor agg., Uncertain and 2 Snouts.

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Lemon Bell Thiodia citrana (left) and Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Elephant Hawkmoth, Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

Tuesday 17th July

Updated 4th August - Just realised that the moth I'd identified as Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana and about which I had written, "Presumably a female podana with that pattern but it was rather dark and at the smallest end of the spectrum (10mm wing)" was in fact a Rose Tortrix Achips rosana. My first, and a scarcely recorded species in Norfolk, but the first of 3 over the next 2-3 weeks.

This evening's haul consisted of 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Clothes Moth sp. Tinea or Niditinea sp., Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, another (or the same?) Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Cinereous Groundline Bryotropha terrellla, 4 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, 8 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 3 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Common Emerald, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, 5 Small Dusty Waves, Brimstone Moth, Large Yellow Underwing, Double Square-spot, 2 Uncertains, Silver Y and 3 Snouts.

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Rose Tortrix Archips rosana (left) and Clothes Moth sp. Tinea or Niditinea sp. (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

Monday 16th July

My first Purple Clay was tonight's headliner, although in its worn state it took me a while to identify it. The rest of tonight's moths were Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella (first this year), Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hammana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella (my first since 2008), 16 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis (first this year), 3 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, 3 Small Dusty Waves, Brimstone Moth, Early Thorn, Swallow-tailed Moth, 3 Flames, Double Square-spot, Dot Moth, Smoky Wainscot, Marbled Minor agg., Common Rustic agg. (first this year), 2 Uncertains and Fan-foot.

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Redshank, Thornham, 16th July

 

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Codling Moth Cydia pomonella (left) and Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

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Purple Clay (female), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

Sunday 15th July

Best of tonight's moths was my first Brown Elm Bell Epinotia abbreviana - described as "rare" but recorded most years in Norfolk. Next best was my third Phoenix - my last was on the same date in 2009. A couple of common moths were new for the year: Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heperana and Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata. Also new for the year but as yet not fully identified was an Obscure sp. Oegoconia sp. - Jon has it to confirm but I'm half-expecting it to turn out to be the scarcer of the two: Scarce Obscure Oegoconia deauratella. (update November - yes, it was indeed, thanks Jon).

Also White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 4 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 2 Grass-veneers Crambus pascuella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 1-2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Small Blood-veins, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, Dwarf Cream Wave, 4 Small Dusty Waves, Barred Straw, Poplar Hawkmoth, 3 Flames, 4 Double Square-spots, Dot Moth, 2 Dark Arches, Spectacle, 4 Snouts and Fan-foot.

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Scarce Obscure Oegoconia deauratella (left) and Brown Elm Bell Epinotia abbreviana (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Oegoconia

 

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Phoenix (left) and Poplar Hawkmoth (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

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Double Square-spot, Bawdeswell, 15th July - unhelpfully the normally excellent Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Waring & Townsend (illustrated by Lewington) states for Triple-spotted Clay, "Hindwing rather dark and brownish, with orange-brown fringe" and for Double Square-spot, "Hindwing uniformly grey, with whitish or grey fringe." All of the individuals I get at home have had dark brownish hindwings with a more-or-less orangey-toned fringe and consequently I was identifying them as Triple-spotted Clays until I discovered various online references which stated that it is Triple-spotted Clay that has the paler hindwing! I assume the entries in the field guide have been erroneously switched, but I wonder if that's the reason why there are so many records of Triple-spotted Clay in Norfolk when it's supposed to be rather scarce - chatting to Jon the other day he said he's never seen one in Norfolk!

 

Saturday 14th July

An excellent evening's mothing with the Norfolk Moth Survey at Hockering Wood this evening. Loads of moths including several new for me, although when I got home and opened the window something better than any of the 85 species we saw at Hockering came in - Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana, the third record for Norfolk (second in over 100 years)! (Update November - turns out to be the fourth record - my unidentified Epinotia from yesterday was another!)

On the way to Hockering I popped in to Sparham Pools briefly. I didn't see any birds of note, nor much else - a Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella and 4 Brown Plumes Stenoptilia pterodactyla.

At Hockering the new moths for me were 2 White-faced Tortrices Pandemis cinnamomeana, 2 Orange Pine Tortrices Lozotaeniodes formosanus, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, 2 Large Birch Bells Epinotia brunnichana, 5 Cock's-head Bells Zeiraphera isertana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, 4 Base-lined Greys Scoparia basistrigilis (pending confirmation), Twin-spot Carpet, Small Yellow Wave, 3 Satin Beauties, 3 Barred Reds, Buff Footman and Lunar Yellow Underwing. Actually the Cock's-head Bells might not have been my first as I'm now thinking that yesterday's unidentified tortix at home may have been this species.

Other highlights included 2 White-shouldered Smudges Ypsolopha parenthesella, Brown Oak Tortrix Archips crataegana, 6+ Variegated Golden Tortrices Archips xylosteana, 8+ Bluebell Shades Eana incanana, 2 Buff Arches, Large Emerald, 2 July Belles, 2 Tawny-barred Angles, 2 Pine Hawkmoths, 3 Poplar Hawkmoths, Iron Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent (plus another Swallow Prominent sp.), 2 Coxcomb Prominents, Buff-tip, Red-necked Footman and Beautiful Golden Y.

The rest were Gold-ribbon Argent Argyresthia brockeella, 2 Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp. (possibly White Oak Case-bearer C. kuehnella), 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, 12+ Barred Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis cerasana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, 3+ Grey Tortrix sp. Cnephasia sp., 2 Yellow Oak Buttons Aleimma loeflingiana, 20+ Green Oak Tortrices Tortrix viridana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Birch Marble Apotomis betuletana, 2 Sallow Marbles Apotomis capreana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, 4 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, 4 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella, Gold Swift, Common Emerald, 5 Small Fan-footed Waves, 4 Riband Waves, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet, Barred Straw, 15 July Highflyers, 2 Sandy Carpets, 3+ Clouded Borders, Scorched Wing, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, Peppered Moth, 10+ Mottled Beauties, Pale Oak Beauty, 2 Common White Waves, 2 Light Emeralds, Yellow-tail, 4 Rosy Footmen, Dingy Footman, 2+ Scarce Footmen, 3 Common Footmen, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 5 Double Square-spots, Smoky Wainscot, Common Wainscot, Grey or Dark Dagger, Light Arches, 2 Marbled Minor aggs., Uncertain, Spectacle, 4 Beautiful Hook-tips and Snout.

Back at home I got London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, another Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, another Barred Marble Celypha striana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 5 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Brimstone Moth, Swallow-tailed Moth and Bright-line Brown-eye.

Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora from home - it was my first Pale Orache Case-bearer Coleophora versurella. He also confirmed some of the Hockering moths including one of the Eana incanana, one of the Cnephasia (it was Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana), one of the Scoparia basistrigalis and a worn noctuid that I'd not been able to name but turned out to be Purple Clay.

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Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana (left) and Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana (right), Bawdeswell, 14th July - the Epinotia is the third modern-day record of this species in Norfolk

 

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Barred Marble Celypha striana (left) and Common Marble Celypha lacunana (right), Bawdeswell, 14th July

 

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Pale Orache Case-bearer Coleophora versurella , Bawdeswell (left) and Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., Hockering Wood (right), 14th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the versurella

 

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Satin Beauties, Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Tawny-barred Angles, Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana (left) and Large Birch Bell Epinotia brunnichana (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Cock's-head Bells Zeiraphera isertana, Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Birch Marble Apotomis betuletana (left) and Sallow Marble Apotomis capreana (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Bluebell Shades Eana incanana (left) and Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Eana incanana

 

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Red-necked Footman (left) and Scarce Footman (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Pine Hawkmoth (left) and Poplar Hawkmoth (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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July Belle (left) and Lunar Yellow Underwing (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Buff-tip (left) and Buff Arches (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Large Emerald (left) and Small Yellow Wave (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Barred Red (left) and July Highflyer (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Beautiful Golden Y (left) and Orange Pine Tortrix Lozotaeniodes formosanus (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana (left) and Marbled Minor agg. (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July

 

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Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis (left) and Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella (right), Hockering Wood, 14th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting one of the basistrigalis (not the one in the photo)

 

Friday 13th July (updated November)

A worn tortrix defied an immediate identification and initially I tentatively settled on Common Birch Bell Epinotia immundana. I wasn't convinced though and soon I became sure it wasn't that, but even after finding and identifying a second individual the next day I didn't figure it what it actually was. Fortunately I retained it for Jon to gen det and he has confirmed it was Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana - the third record for Norfolk (making the one from the next day the fourth)!

Although I recorded the species at 4 different sites last year, this evening's Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella was the first I've had at home. There are very few moths that I saw and identified as far back as 2007 and haven't seen since, but tonight's Brown-line Bright-eye was my first for 5 years. A Drinker was new for the year - looking more like a small mammal than an insect!

More mundane stuff included Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 22 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, 2 Yellow Satin Veneers Crambus perlella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Common Emerald, 2 Riband Waves, Brimstone Moth, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Heart and Dart, 5 Flames, 3 Double Square-spots, Dot Moth, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Light Arches, Dark Arches, Uncertain, Mottled Rustic, Silver Y, Beautiful Hook-tip and 3 Snouts.

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Dot Moth (left) and Drinker (right), Bawdeswell, 13th July

 

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Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella (left) and Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana (right), Bawdeswell, 13th July -thanks to Jon for gen detting the Epinotia, the second modern-day record for Norfolk

 

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Brown-line Bright-eye (left) and Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis (right), Bawdeswell, 13th July

 

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Beautiful Hook-tip (left) and Flame (right), Bawdeswell, 13th July

 

Thursday 12th July

It's proving to be an annus horribilis for Vitty's family and the second tragedy of the year saw us visiting family in Broadstairs today. Wasn't in any mood for birding or mothing, but I did get to see a new species of moth (and some Ring-necked Parakeets). Vitty's family have just moved into a house that's infested with Indian Meal Moths Plodia interpunctella - apparently the previous owners kept chickens and there's nothing Indian Meal Moths like more than bird food.

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Indian Meal Moth, Broadstairs, 12th July

 

Wednesday 11th July

Best moth was my second Varied Coronet, the rest being Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, Small Magie Eurrhypara hortulata, Small Blood-vein, 3 Riband Waves, Common Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Mottled Beauty, Common Wave, 4 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, Marbled Minor agg. and Snout.

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Common Carpet (left) and Common Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 11th July

 

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Varied Coronet, Bawdeswell, 11th July

 

Tuesday 10th July

Few moths in the rain tonight: Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Riband Wave, Swallow-tailed Moth, Brown Rustic and Snout.

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Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Bawdeswell, 10th July

 

Monday 9th July

Best moth tonight was a splendid (if a bit worn) Privet Hawkmoth. Not much else: Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, 5 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Small GreyEudonia mercurella, Small Dusty Wave and Marbled Minor agg.

Update November - Thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora - it was Common Rush Case-bearer Coleophora alticolella.

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Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana (left) and Privet Hawkmoth (right), Bawdeswell, 9th July

 

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Common Rush Case-bearer Coleophora alticolella (left) and Small Grey Eudonia mercurella (right), Bawdeswell, 9th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora

 

Sunday 8th July

New for the year tonight were Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana and, belatedly, Common Wainscot. Also recorded: 6 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Common Emerald, Dwarf Cream Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Common Pug, Double-striped Pug, Brimstone Moth, Swallow-tailed Moth, 2 Mottled Beauties, Common White Wave, 2 Buff Ermines, 2 Dark Arches, 2 Marbled Minor aggs., 3 Uncertains, Silver Y and Snout.

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Swallow-tailed Moth (left) and Common White Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 8th July

 

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Double-striped Pug (left) and Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana (right), Bawdeswell, 8th July

 

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Blackbird, Bawdeswell, 8th July

 

Saturday 7th July

Went to Titchwell this morning where 2 Red-crested Pochards were seen (pretty sure they were juveniles, but distant and in poor light). About 4 Spotted Redshanks were seen, and a Little Ringed Plover, but there wasn't a huge amount on show for the group I was with before the rain set in. I did find a couple of moths in one of the hides though, one of which turned out to be a Scrobipalpa sp. (it will probably need gen detting for a specific ID). The other was Common Marble Celypha lacunana.

On the way home I popped in very briefly to Bintree Mill where Red-eyed Damselflies occupied the lilies on the river as lots of Banded Demoiselles fluttered by. I needed to get back home but I reckoned I could squeeze in a quick look round the main lake at Swanton Morley. Here I was surprised to find 2-3 more Red-eyed Damselflies around the NW end of Holkham Lake - previously I've seen them on a lily-covered pond at the other end of the complex but I don't think there's any of their suitable habitat up this end. Last night I'd been talking to Rob about Hornet Moths so it was quite a coincidence that I discovered my first Hornet Moth this afternoon on some Great Willowherb (I think) leaves. An impressive beast and more similar to a Hornet than I'd realised, in size as well as appearance!

This evening I joined Rob for some mothing at Beeston Common. The rain showers put a bit of a dampener on things (in more ways than one) but it was still a good night. Actually I didn't realise quite how good it was until I totted up what we'd seen the next day - over 150 moths of at least 85 species. A lot seemed very worn - perhaps a consequence of the weather - and a few thus defied identification. Not surprisingly with so many species some of them were new for me, including Wainscot Veneer Chilo phragmitella, Hemp-agrimony Plume Adaina microdactyla, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, 2 Swallow Prominents, Striped Wainscot, Suspected, Dusky Brocade, Beautiful Golden Y and 2 Blacknecks.

We also got Netted Argent Argyresthia retinella, 3 Apple Fruit Moths Argyresthia conjugella, 4 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella, 3 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis cerasana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Yellow Oak Button Aleimma loeflingiana, 4 Green Oak Tortrices Tortrix viridana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, White-shouldered Marble Apotomis turbidana, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, White Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma sociana, 3 Bramble Shoot Moths Epiblema uddmanniana, 3 Triple-blotched Bells Epiblema trimaculana, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 3 Olive Pearls Udea olivalis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, 2 White Plumes Pterophorus pentadactyla, 2 Gold Swifts, Five-spot Burnet sp., Pebble Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, 2 Common Emeralds, Small Blood-vein, Dwarf Cream Wave, Riband Wave, Common Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Small Rivulet, Foxglove Pug, Freyer's Pug, Common Pug, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, 3 Brimstone Moths, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, 3 Peppered Moths, 3 Willow Beauties, 3 Mottled Beauties, 2 Common Waves, 2 Clouded Silvers, Light Emerald, Poplar Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth, 2 Elephant Hawkmoths, 3 Rosy Footmen, 2 Scarce Footmen, 3 Heart and Clubs, 3 Heart and Darts, 5 Flames, 3 Flame Shoulders, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, Lesser Yellow Underwing, 3 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, Lychnis or Campion (it didn't stop!), Clay, 2 Smoky Wainscots, Poplar Grey, Grey or Dark Dagger, Light Arches, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, 4 Dark Arches, 2 Marbled Minor aggs., Uncertain, 2 Burnished Brasses, Beautiful Hook-tip, Straw Dot, Snout and 2 Fan-foots.

Back home there wasn't much, although 2 more Barred Marbles Celypha striana were a suprise. The rest were Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 4 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Dwarf Cream Wave, Small Dusty Wave, Treble Brown Spot and Common Pug.

Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Titchwell Scrobipalpa - it was Saltern Groundling Scrobipalpa instabilella - and the Coleophora - the one from Beeston was Tipped Oak Case-bearer Coleophora flavipennella and the one from home was Pale Thistle Case-bearer Coleophora peribenanderi.

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Ruff, Titchwell, 7th July

 

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Little Ringed Plover (left) and Spotted Redshank (right), Titchwell, 7th July

 

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Knot (left) and Avocet (right), Titchwell, 7th July

 

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Saltern Groundling Scrobipalpa instabilella left) and Avocet (right), Titchwell, 7th July - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Scrobipalpa

 

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Red-eyed Damselflies, Bintree Mill, 7th July

 

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Banded Demoiselle, Bintree Mill (left) and Common Blue Damselflies, Swanton Morley (right), 7th July

 

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Hornet Moth, Swanton Morley, 7th July

 

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Spider with Common Blue Damselflies, Swanton Morley, 7th July

 

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Common Tern (left) and Black-tailed Skimmer (right), Swanton Morley, 7th July

 

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Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Swallow Prominent (left) and Elephant Hawkmoth (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Poplar Hawkmoth (left) and Eyed Hawkmoth (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Blacknecks, Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Beautiful Golden Y (left) and Rosy Footman (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Suspected (left) and Poplar Grey (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Wainscot Veneer Chilo phragmitella (left) and Hemp-agrimony Plume Adaina microdactyla (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Netted Argent Argyresthia retinella (left) and Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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White-shouldered Marble Apotomis turbidana (left) and presumed Rush Marble Bactra lancealana (right), Beeston Common, 7th July - the Rush Marble is unusually dark - darker than any photos I've seen of this species; rarer species of Bactra can look much like this but would need gen detting to confirm and this one got away!

 

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Scarce Footman (left) and Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella (right), Beeston Common, 7th July

 

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Dusky Brocade (left) and Marbled Minor agg. (right), Beeston Common, 7th July - the Marbled Minor agg. is such a distinctively and reddish marked individual it's tempting to think it must be Rufous Minor: it may be but the books suggest this species would always need gen detting to confirm

 

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Grey Dagger or Dark Dagger (left) and Light Arches (right), Beeston Common, 7th July - the Dagger can't be identified without a microscope

 

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Striped Wainscot (left) and Wainscot sp. (right), Beeston Common, 7th July - I'd initially identified the right hand one as my first Reed Dagger however Rob pointed out that that species should have more pointed wings. Perhaps a worn Smoky or Shoulder-striped Wainscot but isn't the underwing too white? Not sure what else it could be though!

 

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Heart and Club (left) and White Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma sociana (right), Beeston Common, 7th July - the moth I've identified as Heart and Club caused me problems as it lacks the club, but in the end I think this is what it must be!

 

Friday 6th July

Three moths tonight that I've never seen at home before although I have seen them elsewhere: Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, Barred Marble Celypha striana and the wonderful Peppered Moth. Three more were new for the year: Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana and Single-dotted Wave.

The rest were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., 3 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, 4 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Common Emeralds, Small Fan-footed Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, 2 Small Dusty Wave, 2 Riband Waves, Scorched Carpet, Swallow-tailed Moth, 4 Willow Beauties, Mottled Beauty, 2 Brown Rustics, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., Burnished Brass and Spectacle.

Update November - thanks to Jon for gen detting the Coleophora - turned out to be a good one, Black-bindweed Case-bearer Coleophora therinella, only the second record for Norfolk (following one Jon got in his garden in 2003).

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Peppered Moth (left) and Common Emerald (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

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Barred Marble Celypha striana (left) and Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July

 

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Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella (left) and Black-bindweed Case-bearer Coleophora therinella (right), Bawdeswell, 6th July - thanks to Jon for confirming the Coleophora, the second county record!

 

Thursday 5th July

A new moth again tonight, but this time quite a common one: Triangle Plume Platyptilia gonodactyla. Otherwise a mostly unremarkable selection: Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana (my first this year), 6 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 3 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella (presumed), Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, 4 Small Dusty Waves, 4 Riband Waves, Barred Straw, Foxglove Pug, 3 Common Pugs, Willow Beauty, Double Square-spot, 3 Brown Rustics, Straw Dot, Small Fan-foot and Snout.

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Triangle Plume Platyptilia gonodactyla (left) and presumed False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

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Swallow-tailed Moth (left) and Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July - I've not recorded the Swallowtail as arriving tonight as one came in last night and disappeared behind some furniture before I could, um, restore it to its natural habitat - so this may possibly be the same individual

 

Wednesday 4th July

I'm hoping that those of you who come here hoping to read about birds won't be as disappointed this month as you will have been in June. I did see some birds today during a stroll in my lunch break at Ringstead: singing Lesser Whitethroat and Corn Bunting, with Little Owl nearby. The moths were better though! Two more Orange-spot Piercers Pammene aurana were rarest but it was two common moths that were new to me: Twin-barred Knot-horn Homoeosoma sinuella and Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla. Also Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, which was my first this year.

It was good for moths at home tonight too - 48 moths of 28 species, the best of which was my first Treble-spot Tubic Telechrysis tripuncta (8 Norfolk records, only 2 in the last 10 years). Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella was next best - I've now had 3 here in the last 3 years during which time there have been no other records from anywhere else in Norfolk!

Several common species were also new for the year, namely Common Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, Swallow-tailed Moth, Smoky Wainscot and Fan-foot. The rest were 5 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 4 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, 3 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 2 Small Blood-veins, 3 Dwarf Cream Waves, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 3 Wormwood Pugs, 3 Common Pugs, Flame, 3 Brown Rustics, Marbled Minor agg., Mottled Rustic, Snout and Small Fan-foot.

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Twin-barred Knot-horn Homoeosoma sinuella (left) and Orange-spot Piercer Pammene aurana (right), Courtyard Farm, Ringstead, 4th July

 

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Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla (left) and Large Skipper (right), Courtyard Farm, Ringstead, 4th July

 

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Treble-spot Tubic Telechrysis tripuncta (left) and Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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Marbled Minor agg. (left) and Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon Clematella (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

Tuesday 3rd July

Not many moths tonight, largely because I was back late and went to bed earlier than usual: Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Small Blood-vein, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Willow Beauties and Bright-line Brown-eye.

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Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Monday 2nd July

Found a Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis in the foyer at work today. At home the clear highlight was a Buff Arches, the rest being Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 3 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Small Blood-vein (my first this year), Small Dusty Wave, Garden Carpet, Common Pug, Willow Beauty, Buff Ermine, Flame, Double Square-spot, Marbled Minor and Snout.

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Buff Arches, Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Sunday 1st July

New for the year tonight were Dwarf Cream Wave, Barred Straw, Barred Yellow and Scorched Carpet. The others were London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Small Dusty Wave, Common Pugs, Willow Beauty, Ingrailed Clay, Bright-line Brown-eye, Silver Y and Straw Dot.

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Barred Straw (left) and Scorched Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 1st July

 

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