July 2013

 

Wednesday 31st July

Stopped off at Bittering on the way home. The Little Egret was still there along with a Green Sandpiper - the latter my first at this particular site on the patch. Another site tick came when 5 Common Terns dropped in for a few minutes. Only 1 Avocet remains at Rawhall, an adult. I couldn't find any back at their breeding site so perhaps the juveniles have now departed? Moths included 12+ Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella and Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis.

Best moth at home was my first Poplar or Birch Sober Anacampsis sp. - it will need a look at its naughty bits to determine which species (update Jan: thanks to Jon for the gen. det. - it was Poplar Sober Anacampsis populella). Others were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, presumed Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta, Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella (new for the year), 3 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, 10 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Small Blood-vein, 4 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Riband Waves, Yellow Shell, 2 Sandy Carpets, Green Pug, 2 Brimstone Moths, 5 Early Thorns, 2 Willow Beauties, Dingy Footman, Smoky Wainscot, Rufous Minor, Cloaked Minor, 3 Common Rustic aggs., 3 Silver Ys, Snout and 2 Fan-foots.

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Common Terns, Bittering, 31st July

 

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Sandy Carpet (left) and male Poplar Sober Anacampsis populella (gen. det. by J. Clifton, right), Bawdeswell, 31st July

 

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Rufous Minor, Bawdeswell, 31st July

 

Tuesday 30th July

Still 4 Avocets (1 adult, 3 juveniles) on the patch this evening - the second adult was keeping separate yesterday so has perhaps now gone. I don't suppose the others will stick around much longer now.

Another new moth tonight - not a rare one but one I've not seen before: Common Groundling Teleiodes vulgella. The others were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella (hot on the heels of my first record here), presumed Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 4 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heparana, 5 Many-plumed Moths Alucita hexadactyla, 11 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella, Large Grey Scoparia subfusca (my second here), Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 4 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Small Blood-vein, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Riband Waves, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Carpet, Yellow Shell, July Highflyer, 2 Wormwood Pugs, Brimstone Moth, 6 Early Thorns, Swallow-tailed Moth, 2 Willow Beauties, 5 Dingy Footmans, 2 Common Footmans, 2 Ruby Tigers, Heart and Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 7 Double Square-spots, Smoky Wainscot, 5 Silver Ys and 2 Snouts.

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Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella (left) and Ruby Tiger (right), Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

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Common Groundling Teleiodes vulgella (left) and Large Grey Scoparia subfusca (right), Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

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Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

Monday 29th July

A short but productive visit to the patch this evening. First stop was Rawhall where I was delighted to find all 5 Avocets: 2 adults and 3 juveniles. This wasn't the site where they bred so they must have flown there, which means they've fledged and successfully bred. This is great news, and especially pleasing to see all 3 young - Dave never saw more than 2 chicks and I had only done so once - I had been starting to doubt myself! Other waders on the pool here (which is now barely more than a puddle) included Curlew, Green Sandpiper and adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plovers.

I pressed on to the lake at Bittering where returning wildfowl included a Wigeon and 2 Shoveler. Also Little Egret and Little Owl here. One last stop produced a moth I'd never seen before: Maple Pug. Other moths identified around the patch were Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana and 4 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella.

After all that excitement packed into less than an hour the mothing at home was relatively tame, although Purple Clay was only my second ever. The rest were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, probable Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, 5 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, 2 Dusky Pearls Udea prunalis, 2 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Rosy Tabbies Endotricha flammealis, Small Blood-vein, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, 5 Small Dusty Waves, Sandy Carpet, 2 Double-striped Pugs, 3 Early Thorns, Scalloped Oak, 2 Willow Beauties, Dingy Footman, Buff Ermine, 2 Common Rustic aggs., Silver Y, Snout and Fan-foot.

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Maple Pug (left) and Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana (right), Bittering, 29th July

 

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Purple Clay, Bawdeswell, 29th July

 

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Scalloped Oak, Bawdeswell, 29th July

 

Sunday 28th July

After hearing Bishop Mike Hill speak at Crosthwaite church we headed off to Brantwood, a National Trust property on the east side of Coniston Water which is home to a population of Netted Carpets. Until recently I understand this rare but distinctive day-flying moth was only found at this site, though it has now been reintroduced to other locations in the Lakes. I managed to find its food-plant but not the moths themselves unfortunately. Still, it wasn't completely unproductive, with 2 Gold-ribbon Argents Argyresthia brockeella, Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana, 2 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata and Beautiful Golden Y. A quick look around the car park at Great Wood produced possible Beech Midget Phyllonorycter maestingella, Gold Rowan Argent Argyresthia sorbiella, Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella and 12 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella. The Argyresthia was especially appreciated as it's a species that doesn't normally occur in Norfolk.

We decided I'd set up the light in my parents' garden this evening but almost as soon as it got dark it started to pour with rain and we had to abandon that plan. We managed Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Marbled Cosmet Mompha propinquella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Fan-footed Wave, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, Triple-spotted Clay and 3 Antler Moths.

Back at base the rain didn't stop the moths coming into the bedroom and we quickly notched up Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, 3 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, a worn Scoparia sp., 2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Ground-moss Grey Eudonia truncicolella, Early Thorn, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 4 Triple-spotted Clays, Dotted Clay, 8 Smoky Wainscots, Suspected, Gold Spangle and Straw Dot. The Gold Spangle was moth of the trip - my first, a good-looker and a species that's rarely encountered in Norfolk (although Chris Mills had one a few days ago).

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Robin (left) and garden (right), Brantwood, 28th July

 

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Beautiful Golden Y (left) and Gold-ribbon Argent Argyresthia brockeella (right), Grange, 28th July

 

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Bassenthwaite from Skelgill, 28th July

 

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Gold Rowan Argent Argyresthia sorbiella, Great Wood (left) and Marbled Cosmet Mompha propinquella, Keswick (right), 28th July

 

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Antler Moth, Keswick, 28th July

 

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Gold Spangle, Grange, 28th July

 

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Suspected (left) and Dotted Clay (right), Grange, 28th July

 

Saturday 27th July

My parents' 50th wedding anniversary saw us up in the Lake District today, dining at the Borrowdale Gates hotel. Lots of birds on the feeders outside, though nothing better than Great Spotted Woodpecker and Siskin. After lunch, having failed to find any Two-barred Crossbills in the hotel garden, we headed off to mum and dad's in Keswick for tea, where Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella and Small Dusty Wave appeared in the garden. A quick stop at Great Wood on the way back to the hotel, as much as anything to test its suitability for mothing later, produced 12 more Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella and a Small Fan-footed Wave, plus I heard a Raven fly over. I wonder what the origin of the flock of 70+ Barnacle Geese on east side of Derwentwater is?

Back at the hotel a few moths flew in through the window. Most interesting of these was one that looked superficially similar to the Double Square-spots that are very common at home at the moment. This one looked a bit different though - I think it was something about the wing shape that aroused my suspicions - and sure enough when I managed to persuade it to show me its underwing it proved to be my first Triple-spotted Clay. Also White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana, Ground-moss Grey Eudonia truncicolella, Wormwood Pug, Flame, Dark Spectacle, Straw Dot and Snout.

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Triple-spotted Clay (left) and Dark Spectacle (right), Grange, 27th July

 

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Ground-moss Grey Eudonia truncicolella (left) and White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana (right), Grange, 27th July

 

Friday 26th July

Another quick look on the patch confirmed at least 1 Avocet chick remains - I avoid checking thoroughly to see if the others were also surviving as it is impossible to do so without disturbing them. Only 1 Green Sandpiper tonight. Moths on the patch were 2 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, 3 Common Drills Dichrorampha petiverella, Sharp-winged Drill Dichrorampha acuminatana, 14 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella and Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis.

At home there were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Slender sp. Parornix sp., 2 Hawthorn Ermels Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 2 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heparana, Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, 3 Many-plumed Moths Alucita hexadactyla, 6 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Yarrow Plume Platyptilia pallidactyla, White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla, 4 Small Blood-veins, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Double-striped Pug, Early Thorn, 4 Double Square-spots, Grey or Dark Dagger, Dark Arches and Common Rustic agg.

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Yarrow Plume Platyptilia pallidactyla, Bawdeswell, 26th July

 

Thursday 25th July

Stopped off at the patch on the way in to work this morning but heavy rain made watching difficult. A Little Owl calling from the tree above where I parked was about all I managed.

This evening's moths included another good'un: Hemp-agrimony Conch Cochylidia rupicola - my first and only the third county record this century (update Jan: thanks to Jon for gen. detting this one for confirmation). Slender Brindle was only my second, and my first at home. Other moths recorded were 3 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, Skin or Carrion Moth Monopis sp., probable Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pellionella, Slender sp. Parornix sp., 2 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, 5 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 probable Four-spotted Obscures Oegoconia quadripuncta, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, 5 Many-plumed Moths Alucita hexadactyla, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, 5 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, 3 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 4 Small Blood-veins, 5 Small Fan-footed Waves, 6 Small Dusty Waves, Riband Wave, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, 7 Willow Beauties, Mottled Beauty, Common White Wave, Bright-line Brown-eye, Smoky Wainscot, Dark Arches, 2 Common Rustic aggs., Spectacle, 2 Snouts and 2 Fan-foots.

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Slender Brindle(left) and female Hemp-agrimony Conch Cochylidia rupicola (gen. det. by J. Clifton, right), Bawdeswell, 25th July

 

Wednesday 24th July

Tonight's moths were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, presumed Hawthorn Slender Parornix anglicella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, 2 Apple & Plum Case-bearers Coleophora spinella (update Jan: 1 confirmed by gen. det. - thanks Jon!), Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, 5 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, probable Large Carrot Flat-body Agonopterix ciliella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Flax or Light Grey Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana or incertana, 4 Many-plumed Moths Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella, 2 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 3 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, Common Emerald, 2 Small Blood-veins, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 6 Small Dusty Waves, 4 Riband Waves, V-Pug, 2 Double-striped Pugs, 2 Brimstone Moths, Scalloped Oak, 3 Willow Beauties, Common White Wave, Dingy Footman, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Suspected (my first here) and Common Rustic agg.

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Pale Straw Pearl Udea lutealis (left) and Suspected (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

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probable Large Carrot Flat-body Agonopterix ciliella (left) and Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

Tuesday 23rd July

Star moth tonight was a Black-brindled Beauty Epinotia signatana - I have now had the 3rd, 4th and 5th Norfolk records, all in my bedroom! (Update Jan: this now confirmed by gen. det. - thanks Jon).

Other moths tonight were probable Case-bearing Clothes Moth Tinea pellionella, 4 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Flat-body sp. (heracliana or ciliella), London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, Riband Wave, Green Pug, Dingy Footman and Silver Y.

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female Black-brindled Bell Epinotia signatana, Bawdeswell, 23rd July (confirmed by gen. det.)

 

Monday 22nd July

A monster night for moths! An initial check just after dusk suggested a quiet night but when I checked back half an hour later the room was teaming with moths - far more than I could possibly pot up! I had to close the windows to stop more coming in as I potted up as many as I could. Fortunately most were small so unlikely to disturb our sleep if I didn't get them all - that many noctuids would have been a major issue!

Some good records among all these moths but with a previous best count of just 4 I was most surprised to find a bare minimum of 39 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella. One species was completely new to me, a very striking micro, Willow Tortrix Epinotia cruciana. Several other notable records among the rest, which were Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella, Leek Moth Acrolepiopsis assectella, Golden Lance-wing Epermemia chaerophyllella, probable Apple & Plum Case-bearer Coleophora spinella, possible Tipped Oak Case-bearer Coleophora flavipennella (update Jan - now confirmed by gen. det. - thanks Jon!), Golden-brown Tubic Batia unitella (my second record), Small Dingy Tubic Borkhausenia fuscescens, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 White-shouldered House-moths Endrosis sarcitrella, 3 Dark Groundlings Bryotropha affinis, 2 Gorse Crests Brachmia blandella, probable Four-spotted Obsucre Oegoconia quadripuncta, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, Rose Tortrix Archips rosana, 8 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana, 4 Flax Tortrices Cnephasia asseclana, 2 further unidentified Cnephasia sp., 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana, 2 Marbled Orchard Tortrices Hedya nubiferana, Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana, 6 Many-plumed Moths Alucita hexadactyla, 26 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 3 Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, 7 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, 2 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla, Common Emerald, 7 Small Blood-veins, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 7 Small Dusty Waves, Single-dotted Wave, 4 Riband Waves, Blue-bordered Carpet (my second following one last week), 2 July Highflyers, Slender Pug (my second here), Toadflax Pug, 2 Green Pugs, 7 Brimstone Moths, Early Thorn, Swallow-tailed Moth, Common White Wave, Common Wave, 4 Common Footmen, Flame, Double Square-spot, Dot Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Smoky Wainscot, Grey or Dark Dagger, Marbled Minor agg., 2 Uncertains, Silver Y and 3 Snouts.

Update 1st August: I had some significant reservations about the ID of the moth I initially put down as Brown Ash Ermel Zelleria hepariella and so had retained it for further checking. I'm glad I did as I've now come across a much better candidate, Pine Cosmet Batrachedra pinicolella. If I'm right then it's the first Norfolk record since 1874!

Update 13th August: Thanks to Jon for providing confirmation - it was Pine Cosmet Batrachedra pinicolella! The first Norfolk record for 129 years but amazingly Jon had another one the very next day! ...

Update 17th August: Not only did Jon get one the next day but someone else apparently recorded one the day after that! Like buses you wait 129 years and then 3 come along at once!

Update Jan 2014: And in case of any doubt, Jon has now gen. detted. it - female Batrachedra pinocolella!

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Willow Tortrix Epinotia cruciana, Bawdeswell, 22nd July

 

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Rose Tortrix Archips rosana (left) and Golden-brown Tubic Batia unitella (right), Bawdeswell, 22nd July

 

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July Highflyer (left) and female Pine Cosmet Batrachedra pinicolella (right), Bawdeswell, 22nd July - the Batrachedra is the first record in Norfolk in the last 129 years!

 

Sunday 21st July

Bird-free again unfortunately but moths this evening included the first Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella to have turned up at home. Also of interest was a Buff Ermine that was incredibly tiny - way below the minimum size given for this species in the guides. Others moths were Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, 3 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteucha culmella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis, Ghost Moth, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 4 Riband Waves, Yellow Shell, V-Pug, 2 Green Pugs, Common Wave, 2 Flames, Flame Shoulder, 3 Double Square-spots, Smoky Wainscot, Grey or Dark Dagger, Marbled Minor agg., Cloaked Minor, Spectacle, Beautiful Hook-tip, 2 Snouts and Fan-foot.

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Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella, Bawdeswell, 21st July

 

Saturday 20th July

After news of the second and third Two-barred Crossbills to be found along the north Norfolk coast I was itching to get up and have a look for my own, but with a pille of things that needed doing I resisted. That is until news that the Cley individual was still there and showing very well in the open. That was enough and although I figured the chances of it still being there when I got there would be low I figured it was worth a shot. We should have gone on first news - we arrived 10 minutes too late. So we reverted to my original plan, finding our own, which was a good plan except that we didn't find our own.

Sheringham did however produce some moths - a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was good, although my own views were far too brief, but a couple of micros were a more significant record. If I'm not mistaken then they were Dull Red Groundling Bryotropha senectella, a species that has not been recorded anywhere near here before. I hope to get that confirmed in due course (update - thanks to Jon it has been confirmed by gen. det. - a male). Other moths recorded were 4 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, 4 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, 6 Common Drills Dichrorampha petiverella, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteucha culmella, 2 Twin-barred Knot-horns Homoeosoma sinuella, a copulating pair of Six-spot Burnets, Dwarf Cream Wave, 4 Shaded Broad-bars and 2 Yellow Shells.

I stopped off at the patch on the way home - still at least 2 Avocet chicks, 4 Green Sandpipers and 4 Little Ringed Plovers. Better from my perspective was a new bird for the patch (for me), albeit I'm amazed it hasn't fallen before - Common Tern!

At home the first 2 moths I saw were both new for the year: Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana and Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis. After that it was much slower than it had been during the week. Still worthwhile though as I got 2 individuals of a new species: Toadflax Pug. I overlooked the first one as Foxglove for it was a very confusing individual, but the second was more straightforward.

Others were Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, another White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, probable Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana, 8 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Common or Meadow Grey Scoparia ambigualis/pyralella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 2 Common Emeralds, 2 Small Blood-veins, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Riband Waves, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, 3 Common Footmen, 6 Flames, 2 Double Square-spots, Dot Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., 2 Common Rustic aggs., Mottled Rustic, Spectacle, Snout and Fan-foot.

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male Dull Red Groundling Bryotropha senectella (gen. det. by J. Clifton, left) and Shaded Broad-bar (right), Sheringham, 20th July

 

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Six-spot Burnets (left) and Shaded Broad-bar (right), Sheringham, 20th July

 

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Twin-barred Knot-horn Homoeosoma sinuella, Sheringham (left) and Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana, Bawdeswell (right), 20th July

 

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Toadflax Pug (left) and White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

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Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

Friday 19th July

Saw 2 Spoonbills on the saltmarsh at Brancaster today. I needed a night off from the moths, and they probably needed a night off from me too, so I kept the lights off.

 

Thurdsay 18th July

The excellent mothing continues and tonight was possibly my best ever at home with 65 species, 5 completely new to me! Pick of the bunch was a very beautiful and not very common macro, Blue-bordered Carpet. A Small Emerald was pretty smart too (and not that small), as was one of the new micros, White-triangle Slender Caloptilia stigmatella. My first Ermine Knot-horn Phycitodes binaevella wasn't bad looking either, though the last 'lifer' was more interesting than attractive - Birch Ermel Swammerdamia caesiella. I think I tentatively recorded that one when I first started looking at micros but when I realised Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella was the commoner species here (not elsewhere apparently) and had learned a bit more about their ID I reviewed my old records of caesiella and decided none of them had been reliably identified as such. This one however seemed to tick all the boxes and it was nice to be able to compare it side-by-side with a much larger Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella.

The lifers weren't the only highlights. A variety of Scoparines included one that appears to be Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis, my first here and a good record anywhere (update Jan: now confirmed by gen. det. - thanks Jon!). After my first house record yesterday, at least 1 more Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana was good to see, and my second Spruce Bud MothZeiraphera ratzeburgiana was even better, being a much less commonly recorded moth. Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana was just as good - my third but the other two were very worn individuals.

Other micros were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, probable Brown Apple Midget Phyllonorycter blancardella, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis, Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 2 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis heparana, 2 Privet Tortices Clepsis consimilana, 1-2 Grey Tortrices Cnephasia stephensiana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, 4 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 4 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella and 3 Common Plumes Emmelina monodactyla.

Macros were Ghost Moth, 5 Common Emeralds, 2 Small Blood-veins, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, 6 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Single-dotted Waves, 14 Riband Waves, 2 V-Pugs, Green Pug, Scorched Carpet, 5 Brimstone Moths, 3 Swallow-tailed Moths, 5 Willow Beauties, 2 Mottled Beauties, 2 Common Footmen, 6 Flames, Double Square-spot, Dot Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, 2 Clays, Small Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., 2 Common Rustic aggs. (one of which was surely Lesser Common Rustic with a 10.5 mm wing length), 4 Uncertains, Rustic, 3 Mottled Rustics, Spectacle, 7 Snouts, 3 Fan-foots and Small Fan-foot.

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Blue-bordered Carpet, Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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White-triangle Slender Caloptilia stigmatella (left) and Spruce Bud Moth Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis (gen. det. by J Clifton, left) and Ermine Knot-horn Phycitodes binaevella (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana, Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Small Emerald (left) and presumed Lesser Common Rustic (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July - with a wing-length of about 10.5 mm is it safe to record this as Lesser? (published ranges for Lesser Common and Common Rustics are 11-16 mm and 12-16 mm respectively)

 

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Obscure Groundling Bryotropoha similis and Dark Groundling Bryotropha affinis (left: similis far left) and possible Brown Apple Midget Phyllonorycter blancardella (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July - not at all sure about the Phyllonorycter ID

 

Wednesday 17th July

Tried Bunkers Hill in my lunch break today, but by the time I'd dealt with a work call I didn't have long - just enough to find a single Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana - they seem to be absolutely everywhere this year!

Another excellent evening's mothing at home with 60 species again, the clear highlight being a Gold-sheen Clothes Moth Nemapogon ruricolella, a species recorded only 3 times in Norfolk since the 19th century! Two others were new for my house: White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana and Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana. Buff-tipped Marble Hedya ochraleucana was only my second. Other micros were 1-2 probable Brown Apple Midgets Phyllonorycter blancardella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, probable Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylosteana, 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, 2 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, probable Grey Tortrix Cnephasia stephensiana, probable Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana, 4 Bramble Shoot Moths Epiblema uddmanniana, Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, 12 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, 2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 3 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis and 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella.

Macros were Drinker, 3 Common Emeralds, 7 Small Blood-veins, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Single-dotted Wave, 15 Riband Waves, July Highflyer, Sandy Carpet, V-Pug, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, Scorched Carpet, 2 Brimstone Moths, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, 3 Flames, Flame Shoulder 4 Double Square-spots, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 3 Clays, Poplar Grey, Grey or Dark Dagger, Small Angle Shades, Marbled Minor agg., Common Rustic agg., Uncertain, Mottled Rustic, 3 Spectacles, 3 Snout and 3 Fan-foots.

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Buff-tipped Marble Hedya ochroleucana (left) and Gold-sheen Clothes Moth Nemapogon ruricolella (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

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White-faced Tortrix Pandemis cinnamomeana (left) and Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

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Double-striped Pug (left) and V-Pug (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

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possible Brown Apple Midget Phyllonorycter blancardella (left) and Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July - any ideas on the Phyllonorycter? My guess is blancardella or one of the related species, but I'm far from sure

 

Tuesday 16th July

A quick stroll at Syderstone Common in my lunch break didn't turn up any birds of significance but one or two insects of note. The only identified moth was one I don't see very often, Barred Grass-veneer Agriphila inquinatella. I managed to pick out a single Essex Skipper from among the more numerous Small Skippers.

Another good night for moths at home with 60 species - I haven't checked but I think that must be a record. No complete new species but Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana was the first one I've had coming to light (normally day-flying) and Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana was my first at home. Other micros were Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp. (update Jan: confirmed by gen. det. as Common Rush Case-bearer Coleophora alticolella - thanks Jon!), 3 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Yellow-spot Tortrix Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, 2-3 Flax Tortrices Cnephasia asseclana, Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, Many-plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 3 Meadow Greys Scoparia pyralella, 2 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 6 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis and 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociella.

The macros were 2 Drinkers, Peach Blossom, Buff Arches, 3 Common Emeralds, 5 Small Blood-veins, 4 Small Dusty Waves, 6 Riband Waves, Phoenix, Barred Straw, Sandy Carpet, V-Pug, 2 Green Pugs, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, 3 Brimstone Moths, 4 Swallow-tailed Moths, Mottled Beauty, 2 Common White Waves, Common Wave, Heart and Club, 4 Flames, 4 Double Square-spots, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., 2 Middle-barred Minors, Uncertain, Mottled Rustic, 2 Spectacles, 4 Snouts and 2 Fan-foots.

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Barred Grass-veneer Agriphila inquinatella (left) and Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana , Bawdeswell (right), 16th July

 

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Codling Moth Cydia pomonella (left) and Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

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Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana (left) and Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July - I leave many Cnephasia unidentified but I think the combination of small size and strong pattern are sufficient to identify this one

 

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Common White Wave (left) and Common Wave (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

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Phoenix (left) and Sandy Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

Monday 15th July

Having seen just 2 species of bird (and no moths) in London over the weekend (Feral Pigeon and Lesser Black-backed Gull) I hankered after some non-human life. St James's Park was on the way to the restaurant where we were to have lunch before heading back home so a wander round there seemed in order. Wildfowl aside (most of which was plastic) it didn't perform much better: Grey Heron, Wren, Carrion Crow and Small Tortoiseshell was the lot!

I'd missed some good mothing conditions while away but it was still good tonight, with 48 species turning up including what appears to be a Wood Sage Plume Capperia britanniodactyla, a scarce species with very few records in Norfolk away from the Brecks and NW Norfolk.

The rest were 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, 2 Fulvous Clothes Moths Tinea semifulvella, 4 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila psuedospretella, White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis, 2 Hawthorn Cosmets Blastodacna hellerella, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, 5 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Cnephasia sp., Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, 6 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 8 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, 3 Common Emeralds, 5 Small Blood-veins, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 8 Small Dusty Waves, Barred Straw, Barred Yellow, Small Rivulet, 3 Common Pugs, 4 Brimstone Moths, 4 Swallow-tailed Moths, Engrailed, Short-cloaked Moth (my first here since 2008), 3 Flames, Flame Shoulder, 7 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, 3 Clays, 4 Uncertains, 2 Spectacles, 9 Snouts and 5 Fan-foots.

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Pochards, St James's Park, 15th July

 

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Grey Heron (left) and Little Grebe (right), St James's Park, 15th July

 

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presumed White-fronted Goose x Bar-headed Goose hybrid, St James's Park, 15th July

 

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Wood Sage Plume Capperia britanniodactlya (left) and Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

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Short-cloaked Moth (left) and Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana (right), Bawdeswell, 15th July

 

Friday 12th July

Another lunchtime search for moths in tetrads with no records produced 10 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana across 3 tetrads, a Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana and a so-far unidentified Dichrorampha sp.* (and a Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteucha culmella back at work).

*Update Jan - thanks to Jon for confirming the Dichrorampha by gen. det. - it was another Gold-fringed Drill Dichrorampha vancouverana.

This evening I turned down an opportunity to go mothing at Boughton Fen as I needed to be up fairly early tomorrow morning, but decided I had just enough time to have another go at a more local location, Creaking Gate Lake. I didn't give it very long as I didn't want to be late but had a pretty successful time, although it wasn't always easy finding the moths among the 500 or so caddis-flies that appeared almost the second I switched the light on. One of the first moths to turn up was one of the largest moths I've ever seen, a female Oak Eggar, only my second. Moth of the night was a Leopard Moth - not amazingly rare but the first I've seen and an awesome looking beastie! I probably should have been more excited by another new moth, but despite it being rarer it was a far duller creature - it would have been dull when fresh but in its worn state it was even worse! It was a Double Dart. A third new species was Bulrush Veneer Calamotropha paludella.

A few interesting species reflected my only previous attempt at mothing here last month, for example Large Lance-wing Epermenia falciformis and Green Silver-lines were new to me then and repeated again tonight. The rest of the respectable 78 species were Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, 2 Marbled Conches Eupoecilia angustana, 2+ Barred Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis cerasana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, 2 Large Fruit-tree Tortrices Archips operana, 4+ Variegated Golden Tortrices Archips xylosteana, Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Yellow Oak Button Aleimma loeflingiana, Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, White-backed Marble Hedya salicella, Sallow Marble Apotomis capreana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Epiblema trimaculana, Ragwort Bell Epiblema costipunctana, Bright Bell Eucosma hohenwartiana, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana, 20 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Little Grass-veneer Platytes cerusella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Long-winged Pearls Perinephala lancealis, Olive Pearl Udea olivalis, Drinker, 3 Peach Blossoms, 2 Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Lesser Cream Wave, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Riband Waves, Barred Straw, Sharp-angled Carpet, Small Rivulet, Small Yellow Wave, Small Seraphim, 5 Clouded Borders, Scorched Carpet, 3 Brimstone Moths, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, Peppered Moth, 4 Mottled Beauties, Common White Wave, Clouded Silver, Iron Prominent, Buff-tip, Lobster Moth, Rosy Footman, Common Footman, 4 Flames, 2 Flame Shoulders, 3+ Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Ingrailed Clays, 4 Double Square-spots, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Poplar Greys, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, 2 Dark Arches, Marbled Mnor, 2 Marbled Minor aggs., 2 Middle-barred Minors, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Green Silver-lines, Burnished Brass, Beautiful Golden Y, Spectacle, Blackneck, Beautiful Hook-tip and 3 Snouts.

Knowing I wouldn't have time to process moths at home as well I deliberately left the lights out. Even so a few stragglers came in, presumably seeing a little light coming through from the next room: 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis and Wormwood Pug.

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Gold-fringed Drill Dichrorampha vancouverana, north of Docking (confirmed by gen. det. by J Clifton, left) and Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana, south of Thornham (right), 12th July

 

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Oak Eggar (left) and Drinker (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Peach Blossoms, Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July - don't think I've seen one with such bright pink spots before

 

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Leopard Moth, Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July - with a Sallow Marble Apotomis capreana

 

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Small Seraphim (left) and Buf-tip (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Buff Arches (left) and Blackneck (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Lesser Cream Wave (left) and Small Yellow Wave (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Double Dart (left) and Bulrush Veneer Calamotropha paludella (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Marbled Conch Eupoecilia angustana (left) and Large Lance-wing Epermenia falciformis (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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White-backed Marble Hedya salicella (left) and Sallow Marble Apotomis capreana (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana (left) and Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July

 

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Bright Bell Eucosma hohenwartiana, Creaking Gate Lake, 12th July - a fresher specimen might be a bit smarter but I still think the English name is a bit optimistic

 

Thursday 11th July

Tonight's moths were 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, 2 London Dowds Blastobasis lacticolella, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heperana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 11 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 2 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Common Emerald, 5 Small Dusty Waves, 5 Riband Waves, Common Pug, 2 Green Pugs, Clouded Border, 2 Brimstone Moths, 2 Mottled Beauties, Common White Wave, Common Wave, Elephant Hawkmoth, 4 Flames, Double Square-spot, Dark Arches, Marbled Minor agg., Middle-barred Minor, Uncertain, Spectacle, Straw Dot, 7 Snouts and 2 Fan-foots.

 

Wednesday 10th July

I had another look round the patch this evening. I checked the Avocet site briefly to see if both chicks were surviving and was surprised to find not 2 but 3 chicks! We've been keeping visits to this site to a minimum and making them very brief in order to avoid disturbing the breeding birds, but even so I was not expecting to find a third chick at this point! Elsewhere on the patch there was a noticeable increase in wildfowl with 50 Tufted Ducks (including 9 ducklings) at a site that's held single figures for most of the last few weeks. A few moths too, namely Yellow Oak Button Aleimma loeflingiana, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Small Fan-footed Wave, Yellow Shell, Barred Yellow and Snout.

Arriving back late and without having left the light on, fewer moths at home: 2 Brown House-moths Hofmannophila pseudospretella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, Buff Arches, Barred Straw, Heart and Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, 3 Double Square-spots, Brown Rustic, Dark Arches and Uncertain.

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Yellow Oak Button Aleimma loeflingiana, Bittering, 10th July

 

Tuesday 9th July

A Red Kite over the Fakenham bypass started the day off well. At lunchtime I searched for moths in some tetrads currently without any moth records, finding 8 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana across 3 new squares plus a bonus Dichrorampha at Snare Hill Plantation, west of Burnham Market. The latter appears to be Gold-fringed Drill Dichrorampha vancouverana - it needs its goolies chopping to be sure but if it proves to be that it will be the first VC28 (west Norfolk) record since 1884! There are a few records from various localities in VC27 (east Norfolk) so I doubt if it's really that unusual in the west, despite the absence of records*.

Moths at home tonight were Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 2 Common Greys Scoparia ambigualis, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Small Blood-vein, Small Dusty Wave, 6 Riband Waves, Barred Yellow, Green Carpet, Common Pug, 4 Swallow-tailed Moths (a new record for here), 2 Willow Beauties, 6 Mottled Beauties, 5 Flames, 7 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Common Wainscot, Marbled Minor agg., 5 Uncertains, Straw Dot, 4 Snouts and Fan-foot.

*Update October: Jon has now checked the Dichrorampha and confirmed that it was indeed Dichrorampha vancouverana, a female. It's no longer the first modern-day vice-county record though as another two others have been identified in SW Norfolk this summer, but it remains the first for NW Norfolk.

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Gold-finged Drill Dichrorampha vancouverana, Snare Hill Plantation, west of Burnham Market, 9th July - thanks to Jon for confirming

 

Monday 8th July

A quick lunchtime stop at Crescent Wood produced 9 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana and another White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana. The latter was my third this year (at 3 different sites) - not bad considering there were only 3 records in the whole of Norfolk last year (one of which was also mine), 3 the year before and a total of just 8 in the previous 7 years.

Checked a few sites at the patch after work. There were 8 Green Sandpipers and the Avocets are still around, though split between sites again. I had another look for Crested Cow-wheat, that rare flower that occurs only here in Norfolk, and found a few more examples. Quite a few moths along the way too, including a Black-edged Marble Endothenia nigricostana, a distinctive but not often recorded tortrix. The others were 2 Oak Carls Tischeria ekebladella, Yellow-barred Longhorn Nemophora degeerella, 27 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, 2 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, Sharp-winged Drill Dichrorampha acuminatana, Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla and Yellow Shell. Also an Emperor dragonfly.

At home Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, 3 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 4 Riband Waves, Silver-ground Carpet, Yellow Shell, Barred Straw, Barred Yellow, Sandy Carpet, Green Pug, Swallow-tailed Moth, 3 Willow Beauties, 2 Mottled Beauties, Common Footman, Cinnabar (only my second at home), 4 Flames, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Double Square-spots, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 3 Brown Rustics, Marbled Minor, Middle-barred Minor, 5 Uncertains, 7 Snouts and Fan-foot.

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White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana, Crescent Wood, Thornham Corner (left) and Crested Cow-wheat, Rawhall Wood (right), 8th July

 

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Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, Rawhall GPs (left) and Black-edged Marble Endothenia nigricostana, Rawhall Wood (right), 8th July

 

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Oak Carl Tischeria ekebladella, (left) and possibly Leptopterna dolabrata (right), Rawhall Wood, 8th July

 

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Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla, Rawhall Wood, 8th July

 

Sunday 7th July

Another good night for moths: 2 Fulvous Clothes Moths Tinea semifulvella, Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, 3 Privet Tortrices Clepsis consimilana, Hoary Bell Eucosma cana, Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 4 Little Greys Dipleurina lacustrata, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella, Ghost Moth, Peach Blossom, Common Emerald, 2 Dwarf Cream Waves, 3 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 6 Riband Waves, Silver-ground Carpet, Barred Yellow, Green Carpet, Sandy Carpet, Freyer's Pug, 2 Common Pugs, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths, 2 Willow Beauties, 3 Mottled Beauties, Clouded Silver, Light Emerald, 4 Flames, 2 Flame Shoulders, 7 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, Light Arches, 3 Middle-barred Minors, 4 Uncertans, 5 Snouts and Fan-foot.

Now, who said moths are boring brown things?

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Peach Blossom (left) and Barred Yellow (right), Bawdeswell, 7th July

 

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Swallow-tailed Moth, Bawdeswell, 7th July

 

Saturday 6th July

I joined others from both the Norfolk and Suffolk moth survey groups this evening to blitz Betty's Fen in the Waveney Valley. It proved to be an excellent evening with at least 138 species recorded on the Norfolk side - I didn't see them all but I counted up 125 species that I saw in the end, including about 14 species that I'd never seen before.

Macros were Drinker, 3 Buff Arches, Figure of Eighty, Poplar Lutestring (probably the best moth of the night, but only in Suffolk), 3 Blood-veins (all in Suffolk), Lesser Cream Wave (also in Suffolk), 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, 4 Riband Waves, 2 Large Twin-spot Carpets, Silver-ground Carpet, 3 Common Carpets, 4 Barred Straws, Green Carpet, Small Rivulet, Sandy Carpet, Foxglove Pug, Valerian Pug (my first), Grey Pug, Bordered Pug (my second), Shaded Pug (my first), 2 Green Pugs, Dingy Shell (my second), 3 Small Seraphims (my second), 8 Clouded Borders, 2 Scorched Wings, 2 Brimstone Moths, 3 Peppered Moths, 2 Mottled Beauties, Pale Oak Beauty, 2 Common White Waves, 4 Clouded Silvers, Light Emerald, 2 Lime Hawkmoths, Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Elephant Hawmoths, 2 Small Elephant Hawkmoths, Iron Prominent, 2 Lesser Swallow Prominents, Swallow Prominent, 2 Coxcomb Prominents, 3 Pale Prominents, Marbled Brown, Buff-tip, 2 Lobster Moths, Rosy Footman, Four-dotted Footman, Common Footman, White Ermine, 4 Buff Ermines, Cinnabar, 4 Flames, Flame Shoulder, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Dot Moth, 5 Striped Wainscots, 2 Smoky Waiscots, 3 Poplar Greys, 2 Millers (my first, one each side of the border), 3 Dark or Grey Daggers including a small dark shiny one that can only have been Dark Dagger, Dark Arches, 2 Large Nutmegs (my first), 2 Marbled Minor aggs., 2 Middle-barred Minors, Treble Lines, 4 Uncertains, Marbled White Spots, 3 Cream-bordered Green Peas (my second, on both sides of the river), 2 Burnished Brasses, Spectacle, Blackneck (in Suffolk), Beautiful Hook-tip, 6 Straw Dots, 6 Snouts, Fan-foot and Dotted Fan-foot.

An equally impressive - in fact possibly more impressive - list of micros was Brown Apple Midget Phyllonorycter blancardella (my second), Willow Bent-wing Phyllocnistis saligna (my first), Ash Bud Moth Prays fraxinella (my first), Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., 6 Triple-spot Dwarfs Elachista maculicerusella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, Fen Crest Brachmia inornatella (my first), Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella, Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Water-mint Conch Phalonidia manniana (my first), 3 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, Hemlock Yellow Conch Aethes beatricella (my first), 3 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrices Pandemis cerasana, 2 Large Fruit-tree Tortrices Archips podana, Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana (another first), 6 Flax Tortrices Cnephasia asseclana, 3 Yellow Oak Buttons Aleimma loeflingiana, 3 Green Oak Tortrixes Tortrix viridana, 3 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Plum Tortix Heya pruniella, 2 White-backed Marbles Hedya salicella (in both counties, my first), 2 Sallow Marbles Apotomis capreana, Rush Marble Bactra lancealana, Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, 3 Triple-blotched Bells Epiblema trimaculana, 2 Hoary Bells Eucosma cana, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana, Wainscot Venner Chilo phragmitella, 4 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 6 Water Veneers Acentria ephemerella, Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella, Little Grey Dipleurina lacustrata, Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata, Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata, European Corn Borer Ostrinia nubilalis (my first), 3 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Long-winged Pearl Perinephala lancealis, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, 2 Fenland Pearls Phlyctaenia perlucidalis, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, 2 Olive Pearls Udea olivalis, 2 Bee Moths Aphomia sociellus, False Cacao Moth Ephestia parasitella, Twin-barred Knot-horn Homoeosoma sinuella and White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla.

I'd not left the light on at home so wasn't expecting a room full of moths, but in the short time my wife had put the bedroom light on quite a few moths had come in: Case-bearer sp. Coleophora sp., Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Plum Tortrix Hedya pruniana, Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenis coronata, Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Common Emerald, Small Dusty Wave, 2 Riband Waves, Sandy Carpet, Freyer's Pug, Common Pug, Peppered Moth, Mottled Beauty, Clay, Brown Rustic and 4 Snouts.

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Poplar Lutestring, Betty's Fen, 6th July - on the Suffolk side unfortunately - only 3 Norfolk records this millenium, the last of which wasn't far from here

 

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Figure of Eighty (left) and Miller (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Striped Wainscots, Betty's Fen, 6th July - the left hand one was in Suffolk where they seemed to get more of these than we did in Norfolk

 

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Small Elephant Hawkmoth (left) and Four-dotted Footman (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Dotted Fan-foot (left) and Pale Oak Beauty (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Lobster Moth (left) and Dark Dagger (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July - I don't normally attempt to name Grey/Dark Daggers as they're supposed to need their bits squeezing, but this one was so obviously small, dark and shiny there can be little doubt; not sure if that means the other larger paler and less shiny individuals (which were like just about every Grey/Dark Dagger I've seen before) can safely be identiifed as Grey Dagger - probably not

 

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Shaded Pug and Hoary Bell Eucosma cana (left) and Valerian Pug (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Clouded Border (left) and Barred Straw (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Lesser Cream Wave (left) and Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July - the wave was the Suffolk side

 

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Fenland Pearl Phylctaenia perlucidalis (left) and Long-winged Pearl Perinephala lancealis (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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European Corn Borer Ostrinia nubilalis (left) and Fen Crest Brachmia inornatella (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Willow Bent-wing Phyllocnistis saligna (left) and Brown Apple Midget Phyllonorycter blancardella (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Ash Bud Moth Prays fraxinella (left) and Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana (left) and Barred Fruit-tree Tortix Pandemis cerasana (right), Betty's Fen, 6th July

 

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Twin-barred Knot-horn Homoeosoma sinuella, Betty's Fen (left) and Clay, Bawdeswell (right), 6th July

 

Friday 5th July

I forgot to mention earlier in the week that I've now completed my trip report for my recent holiday in Florida. If you're interested, take a look. Here's a little taster of what you'll find:

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Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Neotropic Cormorant and Least Bittern, Florida, April - see my trip report for more like this

Anyway, back to today... a lunch time stroll near Bircham Common produced 11 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, 5 Green Oak Tortrices Tortrix viridana and 8 Yellow Shells.

I headed off to the patch this evening finding Green Sandpiper numbers down to 4. Moths again provided more interest than birds tonight, with my first ever Lesser Pearl Sitochroa verticalis - a species mostly found in the Brecks. Other moths found were Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella, 6 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, 2 Cherry Fruit Moths Argyresthia pruniella (that's three in a row all found on Field Maple, not Cherry), Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 2 Hook-marked Straw Moths Agapeta hamana, 11 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, Common Drill Dichrorampha petiverella, 5 Yellow Shells and Cinnabar.

Loads of moths at home tonight - 45 species must be one of my best totals. Nothing especially rare though, the highlight being a moth I've encountered commonly when out and about but never before at home: 2 Marbled Browns. The others were Fulvous Clothes Moth Tinea semifulvella, Firethorn Leaf-miner Phyllonorycter leucographella, Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Flax/Grey Tortrix agg. Cnephasia sp., Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana, Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 4 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, Dwarf Cream Wave, 7 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 6 Riband Waves, Small Rivulet, 2 Wormwood Pugs, 2 Common Pugs, Lilac Beauty, Peppered Moth, 3 Mottled Beauties, Lime Hawkmoth, Pale Prominent, Buff Ermine, Heart and Dart, 4 Flames, Flame Shoulder, 4 Double Square-spots, Grey or Dark Dagger, 4 Brown Rustics, Small Angle Shades, Dark Arches, 3 Marbled Minor aggs., Middle-barred Minor, Uncertain, Silver Y, Spectacle, 10 Snouts, Fan-foot and 2 Small Fan-foots.

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Lesser Pearl Sitochroa verticalis (left) and Common Drill Dichrorampha petiverella (right), Bittering, 5th July

 

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Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, Bittering (left) and Small Rivulet, Bawdeswell (right), 5th July

 

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Lilac Beauty (left) and Pale Prominent (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

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Lime Hawkmoth (left) and Small Angle Shades (right), Bawdeswell, 5th July

 

Thursday 4th July

Tonight's moths were Large Brindled Clothes Moth Triaxomera parasitella, 2 Fulvous Clothes Moths Tinea semifulvella, Garden Midget Phyllonorycter messaniella, Firethorn Leaf-miner Phyllonorycter leucographella, Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana (the first one I've had inside the house), Cypress Tip Moth Argyresthia cupressella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, 3 Triple-blotched Bells Epiblema trimaculana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteucha culmella, Yellow Satin Veneer Crambus perlella, 2 Small Greys Eudonia mercurella, Elder Pearl Phlyctaenia coronata, Bee Moth Aphomia sociella, 2 Small Dusty Waves, Treble Brown Spot, 5 Riband Waves, Silver-ground Carpet, Yellow Shell, 2 Wormwood Pugs, Green Pug, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Common White Wave, Double Square-spot, Brown Rustic, 3 Marbled Minor aggs., Straw Dot, 11 Snouts and Small Fan-foot.

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Garden Midget Phyllonorycter messaniella (left) and Large Brindled Clothes Moth Triaxomera parasitella (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, Bawdeswell, 4th July - in flight!

 

Wednesday 3rd July

Spent a bit longer on the patch after work this evening and had an excellent time. Bittering produced Little Egret and the Red-crested Pochard and Rawhall delivered a whopping 10 Green Sandpipers, Curlew and at least 5 Little Ringed Plovers. Lots of moths enjoying the warm evening sunshine including an interesting Nemapogon sp. at Rawhall Wood (update Oct 2014 - I've now dissected this and it's Norfolk's third record of White-speckled Clothes Moth Nemapogon wolffiella - I had the second county record at home in 2011 and the next two later in 2013; this one was also the second vice-county record). The same site also produced White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana, my first ever Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana and Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, while other notable records included Ragwort Bells Epiblema constipunctana at both Creaking Gate Lake and Bulrush Pit and a Little Grass-veneer Platytes cerusella at Creaking Gate Lake. Less remarkable were 22 Common Nettle-taps Anthohila fabriciana (across 4 sites), Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella, 8 Common Marbles Celypha lacunana, 14 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Hook-streaked Grass-veneer Crambus lathoniellus, Silver-ground Carpet, Yellow Shell, Common Wave, Cinnabar and Silver Y.

The rarest thing seen on the patch this evening wasn't a bird or a moth... it was a flower! I'd been advised a while back that our patch contains the only site in Norfolk where a particular flower grows and today I found it. Just a single flower, inconspicuously nestled in a well-vegetated verge (an NWT roadside reserve, presumably because of this flower), but an attractive and distinctive flower once located - Crested Cow-wheat.

The moths were good at home tonight too, the clear highlight being my first ever Gothic. Birch Bell Epinotia demarniana was also new for the house, though I netted one nearby at Bawdeswell Heath once. There was also Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, 3 Cypress Tip Moths Argyresthia cupressella, White-headed Ermel Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella, London Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella, Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella (only my second at home), Hawthorn Cosmet Blastodacna hellerella, 2 Garden Grass-veneers Chrysoteucha culmella, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata (only my second at home), 2 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, 7 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Dwarf Cream Wave, 5 Small Dusty Waves, 2 Treble Brown Spots, 2 Riband Waves, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, 6 Common Pugs, 2 Mottled Beauties, 2 Double Square-spots, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Brown Rustic, 2 Marbled Minor aggs., 2 Mottled Rustics, 2 Straw Dots, 5 Snouts and Fan-foot.
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Blue-tailed Damselfly, Creaking Gate Lake, 3rd July

 

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Ringlet, Creaking Gate Lake (left) and Crested Cow-wheat, Rawhall Wood (right), 3rd July

 

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Ragwort Bell Epiblema costipunctana (left) and Little Grass-veneer Playtes cerusella (right), Creaking Gate Lake, 3rd July

 

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Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana (left) and White-barred Tortrix Olindia schumacherana (right), Rawhall Wood, 3rd July

 

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White-speckled Clothes-Moth Nemapogon wolffiella (left) and Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella (right), Rawhall Wood, 3rd July

 

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Gothic (left) and Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

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Birch Bell Epinotia demarniana (left) and White-headed Ermel Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Tuesday 2nd July

A pretty brief stop at the patch on the way home from work was productive. Highlights were a Hobby and 2 Turtle Doves at Rawhall and the discovery that the Avocets have successfully hatched 2 chicks. Also 2 Green Sandpipers, lots of Little Ringed Plovers (chicks and juveniles from probably 4 pairs) and the continuing eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard. The only moths recorded were Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana - 19 at 2 sites.

A better night for moths included a couple new for the year (Privet Tortrix Clepsis consimilana, Small Grey Eudonia mercurella and Swallow-tailed Moth and Double Square-spot) and another fine Ghost Moth. Others were Triple-blotched Bell Epiblema trimaculana, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata, 3 Elder Pearls Phlyctaenia coronata, Freyer's Pug, 4 Common Pugs, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Lime Hawkmoth, Buff Ermine, 2 Flames, Marbled Minor agg., Spectacle and Snout.

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Hobby, Rawhall (left) and Red-crested Pochard, Bittering (right), 2nd July

 

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Ghost Moth, Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Monday 1st July

My lunch break produced 15 Common Nettle-taps Anthophila fabriciana, Common Carpet and Clouded Silver.

The evening's moths were 2 Cypress Tip Moths Argyresthia cupressella, 2 Triple-blotched Bells Epiblema trimaculana, Common Grey Scoparia ambigualis, 6 Small Magpies Eurrhypara hortulata, Dwarf Cream Wave, Riband Wave, 2 Silver-ground Carpets, Brimstone Moth, Willow Beauty, 2 Buff Ermines, 2 Brown Rustics, Middle-barred Minor, Spectacle, 2 Straw Dot and 2 Snouts.

 

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