June 2012

 

Saturday 30th June

With windy and largely clear conditions tonight I decided that a sheltered woodland location would be best for mothing and I knew just the spot from my lunchtime forays, a place where I've often thought would be good for mothing. So I arrived at Bunker's Hill near Houghton, late, with little light left for dusking, but enough to find a couple of Rivulets and an unfamiliar moth which eventually turned out to be White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana - quite a different-looking individual compared to the form illustrated in the new micros book. With Woodcocks flying overhead I set up the MV light and in no time had attracted a good few interesting moths. I didn't give it long as I was tired but notched up some nice things like Red-necked Footman and Peach Blossom, along with a few micros I'd not seen before, namely 2 Bud Moths Spilonota ocellana (I had thought these were probably Larch-bud Moths Spilonota laricana but Jon thinks they're the dark form of ocellana), 2 Spotted Shoot Moths Rhyacionia pinivorana, an unidentified Piercer Cydia sp. and Brown Pine Knot-horn Dioryctria simplicella (not abietella as I'd originally thought). The rest were: Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana, 3+ Barred Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis cerasana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, one of the smaller Cnephasia spp., 3 Green Oak Tortrices Tortrix viridana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 4+ Olive Pearls Udea olivalis, Gold Swift, Silver-ground Carpet, 3 Common Marbled Carpets, 5+ Rivulets, 3+ Mottled Beauties, Pale Oak Beauty, Bordered White, Common Wave, 2 Light Emeralds, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Flame, 3+ Ingrailed Clays, Double Square-spot, 2 Marbled Minors, 3 Snouts and Small Fan-foot.

Back at home a few moths had been attracted to the bedroom light, best of which was my first ever Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana. Also Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Sandy Carpet, Wormwood Pug, 5 Common Pugs, 3 Willow Beauties, Mottled Beauty, 3 Brown Rustics and Snout.

UPDATE November 2012: Exciting news! The Cydia I'd imagined would turn out to be something rather less remarkable has now been dissected (thanks Jon) and found to be Norfolk's FIRST EVER Larch Piercer Cydia illutana! Jon also identified my mystery tortrix as Larch Tortrix Ptycholomoides aeriferanus.

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Peach Blossom (left) and Red-necked Footman (right), Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June

 

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White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana (left) and Larch Piercer Cydia illutana (right), Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June - thanks to Jon Clifton for gen detting the Cydia illutana, the first for Norfolk!

 

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Bordered White (left) and Rivulet (right), Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June

 

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Bud Moths Spilonota ocellana, Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June - thanks to Jon for the correction - I'd thought they were probably Larch-bud Moths Spilonota laricana but Jon reckons they're the darker form of ocellana

 

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Spotted Shoot Moths Rhyacionia pinivorana, Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June

 

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Brown Pine Knot-horn Dioryctria simplicella (left) and Larch Tortrix Ptycholomoides aeriferanus (right), Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June - thanks to Jon Clifton for gen detting these

 

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Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana (left) and Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana (right), Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June

 

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Olive Pearl Udea olivalis (left) and Marbled Minor (right), Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June

 

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Ingrailed Clays, Bunker's Hill, Houghton, 30th June

 

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Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, Bawdeswell, 30th June

 

Friday 29th June

Although apparently common, Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella was not only a new species for me but a new family. The rest of tonight's moths were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella (my earliest ever), 3 Small Dusty Waves, Riband Wave (my first this year), Freyer's Pug, 11 Common Pugs, Heart and Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, 2 Brown Rustics, Silver Y, Straw Dot, Snout and Small Fan-foot (my first this year).

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Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella, Bawdeswell, 29th June

 

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Small Fan-foot (left) and Freyer's Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 29th June

 

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Straw Dot (left) and Small Dusty Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 29th June

 

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Heart and Dart (left) and Small Grey Eudonia mercurella (right), Bawdeswell, 29th June

 

Thursday 28th June

Tonight hadn't been particularly productive on the moth front until the very end when two new macros that I've never seen before appeared: Rivulet and Dark Spectacle. I don't get all that many new macro moths at home any more so two together is very nice. Also a Green Pug which, although I've had a few before, is always a favourite of mine. Other moths were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Clothes Moth sp. Tinea or Niditinea sp., Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella (my first this year), 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Common Swift, 4 Small Dusty Waves, 4 Common Pugs, Flame, 2 Brown Rustics and Snout.

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Dark Spectacle (left) and Rivulet (right), Bawdeswell, 28th June

 

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Dark Spectacle, Bawdeswell, 28th June

 

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Green Pug (left) and Common Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 28th June

 

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probable Case-bearing Clothes MothTinea pellionella, Bawdeswell, 28th June - not sure the ID is a safe one, even to genus level - let me know if you disagree!

 

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Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella (left) and Brown Rustic (right), Bawdeswell, 28th June

 

Wednesday 27th June

Readers may by now be wondering why this website is called gobirding.eu not gomothing.eu - it would be nice to see some birds one day! Not today though - I had another look round Ringstead in my lunch break today and found 2 Orange-spot Piercers Pammene aurana on Hogweed flowers. Although this species is described as common most Norfolk records are from the east and there are no previous records in NW Norfolk at all. Also Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, 4 Yellow Shells (flying together) and Silver Y.

A few interesting moths at home too, including one or two new ones for me: Hawthorn Bent-wing Bucculatrix bechsteinella and what I think was Blackthorn Argent Argyresthia spinosella. The rest were dominated by micros and consisted of Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, 4 Cypress Tip Moths Argyresthia cupressellla (bringing the week's total to an impressive 13), Triple-spot Dwarf Elachista maculicerusella (only my second ever), Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens (my first this year), 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 3 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana, Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteuchia culmella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, another presumed False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 3 Common Pug, Pale Prominent (my first this year), Flame Shoulder, 2 Straw Dots and 2 Snouts.

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Orange-spot Piercer Pammene aurana, Bawdeswell, 27th June

 

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Hawthorn Bent-wing Bucculatrix bechsteinella, Bawdeswell, 27th June - thanks to Jon Clifton for confirming these with gen det

 

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Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana (left) and Pale Prominent (right), Bawdeswell, 27th June

 

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False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella (left) and Triple-spot Dwarf Elachista maculicerusella (right), Bawdeswell, 27th June

 

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Blackthorn Argent Arygresthia spinosella, Bawdeswell, 27th June - at least I think so - let me know if you agree or disagree!

 

Tuesday 26th June (updated November)

A variety of moths tonight, although like others around the county I'd hoped for better given the warm calm cloudy conditions. One micro I couldn't positively identify - I thought it might be an unusually poorly-marked and small Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella and so it proved (thanks to Jon Clifton for gen detting it). Otherwise the highlights of tonight were 3 presumed False Cacao Moths Ephestia parasitella. One lacked the dark bands typical of this species but I think that's what it must be. Although I've had one before this isn't a well-recorded species in Norfolk - in fact there are no previous records of 3 or more in the county. I see that I wasn't the only person to record these tonight - Brian Jones & Keith Knights recorded 5 in SE Norfolk!

2 Bird's-nest Moths Tinea trinotella, 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, one of the smaller Cnephasia spp., Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana and Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella were all new for the year. Other than these the evening produced Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella (a typical one), 3 Cypress Tip Moths Argyresthia cupressella, 6 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 7 Small Dusty Waves, Common Carpet, 2 Common Pugs, Willow Beauty, White Ermine, 2 Brown Rustics, Burnished Brass and 2 Snouts.

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oddly-marked Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella (left) and Bird's-nest MothTinea trinotella (right), Bawdeswell, 26th June - thanks to Jon Clifton for confirming the odd Cork Moth (a male)

 

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presumed False Cacao Moths Ephestia parasitella, Bawdeswell, 26th June

 

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presumed False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella (left) and presumed Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana (right), Bawdeswell, 26th June

 

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Burnished Brass (left) and Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana (right), Bawdeswell, 26th June

 

Monday 25th June

A wander at Courtyard Farm, Ringstead in my lunch break produced no birds of note but a few moths: 8 Yellow-barred Long-horns Nemophora degeerella (lekking), 4 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana and Common Marble Celypha lacunana. There was also a moth I'd not seen before but unfortunately it got away before I could get a proper look - I think it may have been Broad-blotch Drill Dichrorampha alpinana (it was on Oxeye Daisy). Some nice habitat here - think I might bring my light here one night...

At home tonight a few more moths: Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella (my first this year), Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Small Dusty Wave, Common Pug, Buff Ermine, 2 Brown Rustics, Mottled Rustic (belatedly also my first this year), Spectacle (my first at home this year - even more belatedly) and 2 Snouts.

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Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (left) and Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana (right), Ringstead, 25th June

 

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Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella (left) and Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella (right), Bawdeswell, 25th June - thanks to Jon Clifton for confirming the Parornix by gen det

 

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Mottled Rustic, Bawdeswell, 25th June

 

Sunday 24th June

I didn't manage to get into the field until gone 9 this evening so no birding, although Whitwell Common at dusk did produce Barn Owl. It also delivered a few moths in the short time I was there, including 4 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, no less than 8 Gold Swifts, Common Carpet, at least 3 Grass Rivulets and 3 Straw Dots. I wasn't sure whether a tortrix would prove to be a Cnephasia sp. or Eana incanana, but Jon performed a gen det and established it was Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana.

Less than I expected at home tonight - Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, 3 Cypress Tip Moths Argyresthia cupressella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Small Dusty Wave, Garden Carpet, 2 Wormwood Pugs, Common Pug, Brown Rustic, Marbled Minor agg. and Snout.

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Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia incertana (left) and Grass Rivulet (right), Whitwell Common, 24th June - thanks to Jon Clifton for gen detting the Cnephasia

 

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Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, Bawdeswell, 24th June

 

Saturday 23rd June

Forgot to mention on Thursday a new species for the house... a Grey Squirrel beside the back door: not the most welcome garden tick!

Returned to Marsham Heath with Rob tonight but with only one light as it would be easier and quicker to pack up when the rain came, which it did pretty much as soon as we turned it on. Still it was worth a go, and we netted a few interesting moths before it got dark including one that was new to both of us: 2 Birch Bent-wings Bucculatrix demaryella - the first Norfolk records since 2009 and only the eighth ever. The others we recorded before rain stopped play were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Brown Birch Slender Parornix betulae, Firethorn Leaf-miner Phyllonorycter leucographella, Netted Argent Argyresthia retinella, Red Roller Ancylis mitterbacheriana, 20 Grey Gorse Piercers Cydia ulicetana, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Cream Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Double-striped Pug, Brown Silver-line, Common White Wave and Dark Arches.

Back at home the bedroom lights had attracted 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Small Dusty Wave, Common Pug, 2 Willow Beauties (first for the year), 2 Mottled Beauties, Brown Rustic and Marbled Minor agg.

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Birch Bent-wings Bucculatrix demaryella, Marsham Heath, 23rd June - thanks to Jon for gen detting one of these for confirmation

 

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Dark Arches (left) and Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Marsham Heath, 23rd June

 

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Netted Argent Argyresthia retinella (left) and Firethorn Leaf-miner Phyllonorycter leucographella, Marsham Heath, 23rd June

 

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Brown Birch Slender Parornix betulae, Marsham Heath, 23rd June - the cilia are too worn to be able to confirm the presence of white tips but the third segment of the labial palp is unbanded, unlike anglicella - however it needed a gen det to be sure and Jon duly obliged and confirmed it

 

Friday 22nd June

Driving home from work this afternoon two interesting birds caught my eye. Both were flying over the A1067 towards Sennowe Park but although they were just a few feet apart when I first saw them they weren't interacting and they were travelling at different speeds - which one should I look at first? I opted for the fast one that looked like a falcon - a Hobby... nice! Second one was still on view - adult Mediterranean Gull! Only the third time I've seen one in the valley. That's the sort of thing that could cause accidents! Good job I was stuck behind someone who was observing the speed limit so I had time to look.

Windy conditions put a limit on the moth activity tonight, although a few things were noted: another Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Silver-ground Carpet, Common Pug, Clouded Silver (first this year), Buf Ermine, Heart and Dart (my first this year, but I'd had a lot by this time last year), 3 Flames, Flame Shoulder, Middle-barred Minor and Snout.

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Clouded Silver, Bawdeswell, 22nd June

 

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Heart and Dart (left) and Flame (right), Bawdeswell, 22nd June

 

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Middle-barred Minor (left) and Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana (right), Bawdeswell, 22nd June

 

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Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, Bawdeswell, 22nd June

 

Thursday 21st June

A few moths tonight: 3 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella (first for the year), Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudopretella, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 2 Common Swifts, 4 Small Dusty Waves, Silver-ground Carpet, 2 Garden Carpets, 6 Common Pugs, Mottled Beauty (first this year), Light Emerald, Ingrailed Clay (surprisingly, my first record of one for which I've been happy about the ID), 2 Brown Rustics and a Snout.

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Ingrailed Clay, Bawdeswell, 21st June

 

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Light Emerald (left) and Mottled Beauty (right), Bawdeswell, 21st June

 

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Common Swift (left) and Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella (right), Bawdeswell, 21st June

 

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Common Pugs, Bawdeswell, 21st June

 

Wednesday 20th June

My team at work has arranged to conduct a number of volunteer activities with the National Trust as "team days" and my turn was today's event, measuring up for a replacement footpath at Morston Quay. Naturally I kept an eye out for any avian passers by and in doing so I noted 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Spotted Redshank and a Spoonbill flying over.

Not many moths tonight: London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata and Garden Carpet.

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Spoonbill, Morston, 20th June

 

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Swallow, Morston, 20th June

 

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Redshank, Morston, 20th June

 

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Redshank (left) and Skylark (right), Morston, 20th June

 

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Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Bawdeswell, 20th June

 

Tuesday 19th June

A Red Kite in my lunch break for the second day running, this time distantly viewed from the hide at Abbey Farm, Flitcham - 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Buzzards were closer. Tonight's moths were Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella (my first this year, f. warringtonellus), Small Dusty Wave, Green Carpet, 2 Common Pugs and Snout.

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Small Dusty Wave (left) and Snout (right), Bawdeswell, 19th June

 

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Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Bawdeswell, 19th June

 

Monday 18th June

Saw a Red Kite near Snettisham village in my lunch break. Tonight's moths were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Common Swift, Garden Carpet, Common Pug and Silver Y. The Small Magpie was new for the year, belatedly.

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Small Magpie Anania hortulata (left) and Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella (right), Bawdeswell, 18th June

 

Sunday 17th June

Rob and I went mothing at Marsham Heath this evening. Conditions were good for a change and we had a fantastic time! The only downer is the subsequent realisation that potentially the best two moths probably should have been retained for confirmation - but weren't. The full list will follow, and then the photos, but first the highlights:

We got 70 species all in all. In addition to the ones above we got 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonorycter leucographella (thanks Jon for the confirmation), Netted Argent Argyresthia retinella, 2 Apple Fruit Moths Argyresthia conjugella, Gorse Case-bearer Coleophora albicosta, 5 other Case-bearers Coleophora sp. involving at least 2 species (update 24th - thanks to Jon for confirming one of them (2 individuals) as Buff Rush Case-bearer Coleophora caespititiella), Black-speckled Groundling Carpatolechia proximella, 20 Heather Groundlings Neofaculta ericetella, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, 2 Brassy Tortrices Eulia ministrana, Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, 8 Bridge Rollers Ancylis uncella, 2 Pine Bells Epinotia rubiginosana, White Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma sociana, Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, 30 Grey Gorse Piercers Cydia ulicetana, 4 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Heather Knot-horns Pempelia palumbella, Scalloped Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Yellow Shell, Common Marbled Carpet, 5 Spruce Carpets, 3 Green Carpets, Sandy Carpet, 3 Narrow-winged Pugs, Dingy Shell, Tawny-barred Angle, 6 Brown Silver-lines, 4 Scorched Wings, 2 Brimstone Moths, Scalloped Hazel, 2 Peppered Moths, 2 Pale Oak Beauties, 2 Bordered Whites, Common White Wave, Light Emerald, Swallow or Lesser Swallow Prominent, 2 Marbled Browns, 3 Pale Tussocks, Orange Footman, Cinnabar, Least Black Arches, Flame Shoulder, 3 True Lover's Knots, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Dot Moth, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, 2 Marbled Minors, Middle-barred Minor, 2 Treble Lines, Marbled White Spot, Burnished Brass, Straw Dot and Snout.

On returning home I discovered Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudopretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 2 Garden Pebbles Evergestis forficalis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella, Currant Pug, 3 Common Pugs and 3 Brown Rustics in the bedroom. The Currant Pug and Brown Rustics were new for the year.

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Black Owlet Scythris grandipennis, Marsham Heath, 17th June - if we've identified this correctly then it's the first Norfolk record since 1939 (and if we haven't then it's either the first for 19 years or the first ever)

 

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July Belle, Marsham Heath, 17th June - or, as the shape and position of the spot suggest, could this be a Lead Belle? Most July Belles also lack such a prominent subterminal line, but although these features are indicative of Lead Belle none seem to be diagnostic

 

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Brown Knot-horn Pyla fusca (left) and Heather Groundling Neofaculta ericetella, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Common Drill Dichrorampha petiverella (left) and Sorrel Bent-wing Opostega salaciella, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Red-necked Footman, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Eyed Hawkmoths, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Poplar Hawkmoth (left) and Lime Hawkmoth (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Elephant Hawkmoth (left) and Sallow Kitten (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Alder Kitten, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Burnished Brass (left) and Bordered White (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Dingy Shell (left) and Light Emerald (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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True Lover's Knots, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Scorched Wing (left) and Shoulder-striped Wainscot (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Heather Knot-horns Pempelia palumbella, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Marbled Brown (left) and Peppered Moth (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Netted Argent Argyresthia retinella (left) and Apple Fruit Moth Argyresthia conjugella (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Firethorn Leaf-miner Phyllonorycter leucographella (left) and Gorse Case-bearer Coleophora albicosta (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June - thanks to Jon for confirming these

 

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Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana (left) and White Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma sociana (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Marbled Minor (left) and Marbled White Spot (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Middle-barred Minor (left) and Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana (left) and Bridge Roller Ancylis uncella (right), Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

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Currant Pug (left) and Brown Rustic (right), Bawdeswell, 17th June

 

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Yellowhammer, Marsham Heath, 17th June

 

Saturday 16th June

A brief spot of gardening produced Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, my first for home. Sadly for it I was attempting to destroy its food-plant! I then had a wander round Whitwell Common, a site within my local area that I've not visited for ages. Here I discovered 2 spikes of Bee Orchid and a few more moths, best of which was my first Grass Rivulet. The others were Plain Gold Micropterix calthella, 2 Yellow-barred Long-horns Nemophora degeerella, 12 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana and 3 Common Carpets.

The windy conditions were far from ideal for mothing so Rob and I decided to give the Norfolk Moth Survey event in the Brecks a miss and do something closer to home. In the end Rob called off so I went very local, to Bawdeswell Heath where I managed to find a relatively sheltered spot. An initial wander with the net produced Birch Conch Cochylis nana (my second in less than a week - not bad for a species that wasn't recorded in Norfolk between 1996 and 2011), Heather Groundling Neofaculta ericitella (another relatively sparsely recorded species that we recorded last weekend too) and a Tortrix that is as yet unidentified (but which I think is either a very worn Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana or possibly a Birch Bell Epinotia demarniana).

The MV light was initially slow but in the end I got a few things that made it worthwhile: Gold-ribbon Argent Argyresthia brockeella (stunning and my first, though common), 2 Black-speckled Groundlings Carpatolechia proximella (also my first), Large Grey Scoparia subfusca (only my second, though I may have overlooked them previously), Green Carpet, Scorched Wing (my second), Lesser Swallow Prominent (my second record), Pale Tussock, 2 Orange Footmen, White Ermine, Flame Shoulder, Brown Rustic (my first of the year), Marbled Minor agg., Silver Y and Straw Dot.

Back home a few moths had come in, though nothing exciting: Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudopretella, 5 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Flame (my first this year) and Silver Y.

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Plain Gold Micropterix calthella (left) and Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella (right), Whitwell Common, 16th June

 

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Bee Orchid (left) and Common Spotted Orchid (right), Whitwell Common, 16th June

 

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Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (left) and Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana (right), Whitwell Common, 16th June

 

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Gold-ribbon Argent Argyresthia brockeella (left) and Birch Bell Epinotia demarniana (right), Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June - thanks to Jon for confirming the Birch Bell

 

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Birch Conch Cochylis nana, Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June

 

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Lesser Swallow Prominent, Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June

 

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Scorched Wing (left) and Orange Footman (right), Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June

 

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Pale Tussock (left) and Oak-tree Pug (right), Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June

 

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Heather Groundling Neofaculta ericetella (left) and Black-speckled Groundling Carpatolechia proximella (right), Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June

 

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Large Grey Scoparia subfusca, Bawdeswell Heath, 16th June

 

Friday 15th June

Still windy but a few moths anyway: Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana and Small Dusty Wave were all new for the year; also London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 2 Common Swifts, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, Green Carpet, 6 Common Pugs, Bright-line Bright-eye and Silver Y.

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Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana (left) and Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella (right), Bawdeswell, 15th June

 

Thursday 14th June

Just one Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella discovered tonight.

 

Wednesday 13th June

A short wander at Courtyard Farm at Ringstead in my lunch break produced my two tiny Cocksfoot Moths Glyphipterix simpliciella feeding in Ox-eye Daisies, plus Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana and 2 Yellow Shells.

At dusk it seemed warm, dry, calm and cloudy so I expected a few moths in but was disappointed. Whether the weather changed or something I don't know, but all I had in were White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Pug and Buff Ermine.

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Cocksfoot Moths Glyphipterix simpliciella, Ringstead, 13th June

 

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Yellow Shell, Ringstead, 13th June

 

Tuesday 12th June

The drive home from work this evening produced 3 Buzzards and a Red Kite, the latter at Sculthorpe. Silver-ground Carpet and Silver Y were the only moths tonight.

 

Sunday 10th June

Had a look round Bintree Wood this afternoon where I found a few interesting moths. Probably the best was my first White Sallow Bell Epinotia subocellana, but Yellow-barred Longhorn Nemophora degeerella and Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana were also new to me. Another micro caused me a headache to ID and eventually I landed upon an image on a normally reliable website that was labelled as Silver-lined Drill Dichrorampha plumbagana that was an excellent match for my unidentified moth. This would have been rather unlikely as it hadn't been recorded in Norfolk since 1986, and, as my moth wasn't nearly such a good match against other images of this species I may well have carried on searching had it not been for the coincidence that I'd just received an email informing me that another example of this species had been found in Norfolk the same afternoon. Well I should have carried on searching anyway as Jon later confirmed that mine was in fact much less exciting, it was Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana. Other moths at Bintree were 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Common Carpet and 2 Brown Silver-lines.

After this I joined Rob at Woodcock Corner for some more moths. On the bird front we got lots of views of Woodcock but none of the Nightjar that could be heard. On the insect front we got bitten to pieces by zillions of tiny flies which left me suffering for days! But there were moths too, so it was worth it! A total of 33 species of which about 6 micros were new to me. The new ones for me, some of which are quite sparsely recorded, were 3+ Sandy or Buff Longhorns Nematopogon schwarziellus/metaxella (Rob thought schwarziellus), Heather Groundling Neofaculta ericitella, Birch Conch Cochylis nana, Festooned Roller Ancylis geminana, 2 Red Rollers Ancylis mitterbacheriana and Pine Bell Epinotia rubiginosana.

**STOP PRESS UPDATE 16th June: It seems that the moth I identified as Festooned Roller Ancylis geminana is in fact a Small Festooned Roller Ancylis dimutana! Festooned Roller would have been a good record but Small Festooned is even better! There was one at Roydon Common in 1995 and prior to that the previous Norfolk record was in 1899! Thanks to Jim and Rob for the ID!

The rest were Case-bearer Coleophora sp., Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana, 2 Brassy Tortrices Eulia ministrana, c. 10 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 15+ Rush Marbles Bactra lancealana, Common Birch Bell Epinotia immundana, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, Gold Swift, 2 Pebble Hook-tips, Grey Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, 4 Green Carpets, Lime-speck Pug, Ochreous Pug, Dwarf Pug, Clouded Border, Tawny-barred Angle, 2 Brown Silver-lines, Scalloped Hazel, Marbled Brown, Great Prominent, Pale Tussock, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Flame Shoulder and 2 Straw Dots.

Back at home there was just time to attract Silver-ground Carpet and 2 Common Pugs before I turned in.

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Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus (left) and White Sallow Bell Epinotia subocellana (right), Bintree Wood, 10th June

 

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Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana, Bintree Wood, 10th June

 

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14-spot Ladybird (left) and Yellow-barred Longhorn Nemophora degeerella (right), Bintree Wood, 10th June

 

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Gold Swift (left) and Woodcock (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Grey Pine Carpet (left) and Spruce Carpet (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Ochreous Pug (left) and Dwarf Pug (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Forest Bug (left) and Birch Shieldbug (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June - thanks to Manuel Valdueza for the ID of the Forest Bug (aka Red-legged Shieldbug) nymph

 

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Marbled Brown (left) and Pale Tussock (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Pebble Hook-tip (left) and Tawny-barred Angle (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Clouded Border (left) and Bordered White (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Longhorns Nematopogon sp., Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Small Festooned Roller Ancylis diminutana (left) and Birch Conch Cochylis nana (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Pine Bell Epinotia rubiginosana (left) and Heather Groundling Neofaculta ericitella (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Red Roller Ancylis mitterbacheriana (left) and Rush Marble Bactra lancealana (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June

 

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Weevil Phyllobius argentatus (left) and Loensia fasciata (right), Woodcock Corner, 10th June - thanks to Ian Boyd for identifying the Loensia as a Psocid, which was enough to point me in the direction of Loensia fasciata, and Isidro for the Weevil

 

Saturday 9th June

A few more moths tonight, none of them very remarkable: Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Silver-ground Carpet, 2 Green Carpets, Wormwood Pug, 3 Common Pugs, Brimstone Moth, Flame Shoulder and Bright-line Brown-eye.

 

Friday 8th June

Wet and windy weather ain't much good for moths - just a Buff Ermine tonight.

 

Thursday 7th June

Another Common Swift (a good year for these, but not as good for me as it has been for the Geesons - they're getting up to 139 a night!), 2 Common Pugs and the first Freyer's Pug of the year.

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Freyer's Pug (left) and Common Swift (right), Bawdeswell, 7th June

 

Wednesday 6th June

Thanks to Jon for confirming last week's Agonopterix as Black-spot Flat-body Agonopterix propinquella - the first record in Norfolk since 2010. A few moths tonight, namely London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, 4 Green Carpets, 7 Common Pugs and Brimstone Moth.

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Red Twin-spot Carpet, Bawdeswell, 6th June

 

Tuesday 5th June

No birding for me this weekend, sadly, but at least I got a few chores out of the way. Not much mothing either as the weather was pants for that - no moths at all on Sunday or Monday night, just 4 tonight: Green Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths and Flame Shoulder.

Inspired by some questions about bird ID arising from my trip to Sicily I've started a new blog. Please take a look - I'd welcome any comments!

 

Saturday 2nd June

Just a few moths tonight: Green Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel and White-point.

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White-point (left) and Green Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd June

 

Friday 1st June

Went mothing at Bintree Wood this evening, but as I arrived the skies cleared, the moon shone and the temperatures plummeted - not ideal by any means. Still it was ok with a few species I don't see often. I packed up early as it was quiet, but got the following first: Green Longhorn Adela reaumurella, probable Woundwort Case-bearer Coleophora lineolea, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, 4 Common Swifts, Scalloped Hook-tip, 8+ Green Carpets, Sharp-angled Carpet, Treble-bar, 3 Brown Silver-lines, 2 Brimstone Moths, Pale Oak Beauty, Orange Footman, Buff Ermine, Lychnis and 2 Treble Lines. Back at home just got White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella and Common Pug.

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Sharp-angled Carpet (left) and Lychnis (right), Bintree Wood, 1st June

 

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Scalloped Hook-tip (left) and Pale Oak Beauty (right), Bintree Wood, 1st June

 

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Brown Silver-line (left) and Treble Lines (right), Bintree Wood, 1st June

 

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Treble-bar, Bintree Wood, 1st June - showing the distinctinve long claspers from underneath that help to separate it from Lesser Treble-bar

 

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Coleophora lineolea, Bintree Wood, 1st June - I think that's what it is but have left it with Jon to confirm

 

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