July 2014

 

Thursday 31st July

Heard a Treecreeper in the garden this morning - something I don't get here very often. I didn't put the MV light on tonight so very few moths.

 

Wednesday 30th July

Best moth this evening was another Least Carpet but Yellow-barred Brindle was new for the year. Others included Brown Rowan Argent Argyresthia semifusca, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana and Small Phoenix.

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Forest Bug (left) and Orange Ladybirds (right), Houghton, 30th July

 

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Small Phoenix (left) and Harlequin Ladybird (right), Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

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Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana (left) and Chequered Straw Evergestis pallidata (right), Bawdeswell, 30th July

 

Tuesday 29th July

A good night for moths with 62 species including my first White-border Neb Isophrictis striatella - a species only recorded a dozen times in Norfolk before, although 5 of those records were last year. Winter Groundling Scrobipalpa costella was my second ever and Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, Tawny Speckled Pug and Mouse Moth were all new for the year, as were 4 Common Grass-veneers Agriphila tristella, the first of many no doubt. Another Pug is so far unidentified - it has the orange abdomen base like Haworth's Pug (would be new for the house) but I'm not convinced it is that - despite being fairly worn it has remnants of a dark central spot and I'm wondering if it is in fact a Slender Pug (update November - I've now chopped it and it was in fact a Maple Pug!)

Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella is a species that I've often seen in large numbers when out and about but not so many or so often at home. My first record wasn't until 2012 when I got 5 in a night, and since then I've had a total of about 12 over the course of two more years. Adults only live for a night so they tend to be found dead in the bottom of traps and when they come in at home they usually end up crawling around at the base of the skirting boards. Tonight the bedroom floor was heaving with them! I've no idea how many there were altogether as a lot of them crawled off to die beneath some furniture but I removed no less than 65 - the largest count of any single species of moth I've ever had at home!

Other notable micros included Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella, Daisy Bent-wing Bucculatrix nigricomella, Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella and Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella. Other than the ones I've already mentioned the best macro might prove to be a Marbled Minor agg. Marbled Minor, Tawny Marbled Minor and Rufous Marbled are not identifiable without dissection so are recorded as aggregate. As such they are quite common - I have loads every year - but I usually see them earlier and none have turned up in the last 2.5 weeks. I suspect that the majority I see are Marbled Minor and there is perhaps a good chance that tonight's was a different species, maybe Rufous Minor as that seems to fly slightly later.

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Winter Groundling Scrobipalpa costella (left) and White-border Neb Isophrictis striatella (right), Bawdeswell, 29th July

 

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Phytocoris varipes (left) and Mouse Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 29th July - the bug was a new one for me

 

Monday 28th July

2 Barred White Clothes Moths Nemapogon clematella were the best moths tonight - I get a fair few of these but they're aren't particularly well-recorded elsewhere in Norfolk.

 

Sunday 27th July

A new sound for the house tonight as I was sorting through the moths, but I'm not 100% sure what it was! I think it was probably a flock of Tufted Duck but the radio was on and I didn't hear them clearly enough to be certain - Pochard was not ruled out completely. Either way it would have been a new bird for the house.

Some interesting bits and pieces among the moths, notably a Svensson's Copper Underwing, my first definite one for the house. Usefully there was also a Copper Underwing allowing me to compare their underwing patterns. Otherwise Slender Pug and Old Lady were the hightlights and both new for the year. Also Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella, House Groundling Bryotropha domestica, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana and Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata. Among the macros Sallow Kitten, Iron Prominent and Buff Footman were all species I don't see very often at home, despite them being fairly common elsewhere.

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Copper Underwing, Bawdeswell, 27th July - notice on the undewing how the orange patch stops abruptly at the dark line and compare with the Svensson's below...

 

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Svensson's Copper Underwing, Bawdeswell, 27th July - compare with the Copper Underwing above and notice how the orange on the underwing extends past the dark line towards the base of the wing

 

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Old Lady (left) and Sallow Kitten (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

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Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata (left) and Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

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Barred White Clohtes Moth Nemapogon clematella (left) and Holly Tortrix Rhopobota naevana (right), Bawdeswell, 27th July

 

Saturday 26th July

Tonight was the Norfolk Moth Survey event at Upton Fen which I attended with Dave and with high hopes of being inundated with Broadland specials. Were it not for the last moth of the night it would have been quite disappointing. We arrived early to do some dusking but despite seemingly good conditions there was little on the wing. We netted an Elachistid which turned out to be one of the best moths of the night - Cotton-grass Dwarf Elachista albidella - but not a lot else. We also saw a variety of dragonflies including Emerald Damselflies and Brown Hawkers, and heard the first of 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling. Once everyone else arrived Richard passed round the Silvery Gem which he'd trapped at Weybourne during the week. I struggle to get excited by a moth that's been carried in a pot miles away from where it was caught, but it was nevertheless interesting to see this impressive-looking rarity. It was one of two trapped in East Anglia last week, probably the first ever naturally-occurring records for the whole of the UK (there is a single record from Hertfordshire but this was considered to have been an accidental import).

There were 8 lights in total, so it should have been good, but the sky was clear and temperatures dropped sharply. As we went round the various lights we saw quite a few interesting moths in the end, but nowhere near as much as we expected and only one was new for me - a Grey Arches. At the very end Dave and I had packed up, as had nearly everyone else. We decided to wander up to Ken's trap although we imagined he would have packed up by the time we got there. He was packing up, but we were glad we bothered as he excitedly showed us a moth he'd put in a pot to show anyone who might still be there. It was a female Four-spotted Footman. Any Four-spotted Footman would be good - they're scarce immigrants - but in Norfolk the majority of records are the relatively dull males, so a female was especially good value and made the whole evening seem worthwhile!

The next best moth from my perspective was Brown-veined Wainscot which, though not uncommon, I'd not previously seen in Norfolk. Others recorded during the night included 2 Cyclamen Tortrices Clepsis spectrana, 20 Dover Shades Cnephasia genitalana, 2 Dark-triangle Buttons Acleris laterana (1 confirmed), Small Birch Bell Epinotia ramella, 8 Holly Tortrices Rhopobota naevana, Marbled Piercer Cydia splendana, 2 Wainscot Veneers Chilo phragmitella, 9 Small China-marks Cataclysta lemnata, 2 Ash-bark Knot-horns Euzophera pinguis, Chevron, 2 Small Phoenixes, Triple-spotted Pug, Magpie Moth, 3 Canary-shouldered Thorns, 2 Dusky Thorns, Pine Hawkmoth, 2 Poplar Hawkmoths, Elephant Hawkmoth, 4 Sallow Kittens, 2 Swallow Prominents, 2 Coxcomb Prominents, 2 Pale Prominents, 20 Black Arches, Round-winged Muslin, 2 Dotted Footmen, 70 Dingy Footmen, Antler Moth, Southern Wainscot, Reed Dagger, Straw Underwing, Double Lobed, 10 Crescents and 2 Fen Wainscots.

Few moths at home - the best were Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella and Heather Tortrix Argyrotaenia ljungiana.

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Emerald Damselfly (left) and Brown Hawker (right), Upton Fen, 26th July

 

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Silver Gem, caught by Richard Eagling at Weybourne on 23rd July (left) and Cotton-grass Dwarf Elachista albidella, Upton Fen, 26th July (right)

 

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Four-spotted Footman (left) and Black Arches (right), Upton Fen, 26th July

 

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Canary-shouldered Thorn (left) and Dusky Thorn (right), Upton Fen, 26th July

 

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Reed Dagger (left) and Chevron (right), Upton Fen, 26th July

 

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Brown-veined Wainscot (left) and Dark-triangle Button Acleris laterana (right), Upton Fen, 26th July - I'd hoped the laterana might prove to be something more unusual in view of the extent of the costal patches, but gen det proved otherwise

 

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Fen Wainscot (left) and Small China-mark Cataclysta lemnata (right), Upton Fen, 26th July

 

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Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella, Bawdeswell (left) and Stenagostus rhombeus, Upton Fen (right), 26th July

 

Friday 25th July

Highlight of a walk at Anmer during my lunch break was a curious beastie carrying a 'shell' made of debris. Turns out it was a a Green Lacewing larva. Also a Common Slender Gracilaria syringella and my first Red Longhorn Beetle. A few moths at home included my first Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria for the house. Also a couple of Momphids that were probably Marbled Cosmet Mompha propinquella. This species is supposed to have white head and thorax unlike its congener Rust-blotch Cosmet Mompha lacteella which has a beige head/thorax. Problem is I've now seen 4 of them here, plus another in the Lakes, and all of them have had beige heads and thorax, or at least beigey-white. Are they all lacteella? Given there is only one modern county record, probably not, but I checked references for other features and found a difference in pattern of the apical area. One of tonight's resembles lacteella and the other resembles propinquella on this feature. I will try and get them dissected but I suspect they'll both turn out to be the much commoner propinquella. Otherwise the best things were Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella, 9 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella and another Rosy Footman.

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Comma (left) and Red Longhorn Beetle (right), near Anmer, Bawdeswell (right), 25th July

 

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presumed Marbled Cosmets Mompha propinquella, Bawdeswell, 25th July

 

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Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria, Bawdeswell, 25th July

 

Thursday 24th July

An Oystercatcher flew over the house this evening - I think it's the first time I've seen one here though I have heard them flying over at night once or twice before. Potentially the best moth tonight was what I think must be a worn Two-spotted Neb Eulamprotes atrella - if confirmed that will be the first for the house. House Groundling Bryotropha domestica was new for the year and others worth mentioning were Ghost Moth and 4 Cloaked Minors.

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probable Two-spotted Neb Eulamprotes atrella (left) and Ghost Moth (right), Bawdeswell, 24th July

 

Wednesday 23rd July

Another new moth tonight. Not a rare one, but not one I was looking out for so it came as a surprise. At first I thought it must be a Large Wainscot given its size and bulk, but concerned that it seemed very early for that species and I wasn't sure that the markings were within range either, I checked for other options. Bulrush Wainscot was the solution - common but not on my radar. New for the year were 2 Wainscot Smudges Ypsolopha scabrella. Other than that Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana, Diamond-back Marble Eudemis profundana and Grey or Dark Dagger were the best moths.

Update Feb 2015 - there was a rare moth tonight (or at least rarely recorded), though not a new one: just dissected a Coleophora and it turned out to be Black-bindweed Case-bearer Coleophora therinella - my second and the fourth for Norfolk.

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Xanthogramma pedissequum, Whin Hill (left) and Black-bindweed Case-bearer Coleophora therinella (right), 23rd July

 

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Grey or Dark Dagger (left) and Bulrush Wainscot (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd July - I suspect the Dagger is Dark as it seemed darker and shinier than most

 

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Diamond-back Marble Eudemis profundana (left) and Wainscot Smudge Ypsolopha scabrella (right), Bawdeswell, 23rd July

 

Tuesday 22nd July

I was out tonight so didn't get the MV light on. A few moths came in anyway including another Bright Bell Eucosma hohenwartiana.

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Bright Bell Eucosma hohenwartiana, Bawdeswell, 22nd July

 

Monday 21st July

A 15 minute walk at Ringstead during my lunchbreak produced a good variety of Lepidoptera, the best being Brown Argus and White Oak Midget Phyllonorycter harrisella. Best moth at home tonight was another Smoky-barred Marble Lobesia abscisana - my third in 4 days which seems pretty good considering I'd never had one here before. Nothing else hugely exciting - the best being Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, Small Rivulet, Scalloped Oak, 2 Cloaked Minors and Dusky Sallow.

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Peacock, Ringstead, 21st July

 

Sunday 20th July

Top moth tonight was a Rosy Footman. OK, it's a common moth I know - I see lots at many of the places I go mothing, but until tonight I'd never had one at home. Tonight's was my 550th species of moth at Bawdeswell. Also Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana, Smoky-barred Marble Lobesia abscisana, Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana, Dusky Pearl Udea prunalis, Pebble Prominent, Pale Prominent and an early Copper Underwing.

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Pebble Prominent (left) and Pale Prominent (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

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Rosy Footman (left) and Smoky Wainscot (right), Bawdeswell, 20th July

 

Saturday 19th July

Dave and I headed to Bintree Wood this evening. With rain forecast before midnight we weren't expecting to go for long before getting rained off, and indeed that proved to be the case. But in the time we did get, there were so many insects round the light it was hard to get close enough to work out what we'd got! That was at my sheet which was as much as we'd had a chance to go through before the rain started, and although we tried to go through Dave's trap in the rain it was pretty hopeless and most of what was in there got out before we could see it.

Probably the best moth we identified was Hook-tip Grass-veneer Platytes alpinella, mainly a coastal species though there are a few records inland. Also new for me was Warted Knot-horn Acrobasis repandana, and although I've suspected them in the past, Svensson's Copper Underwing was the first I've been confident about. One of the Dotted Oak Knot-horns Phycita roborella was interesting as it was entirely dark purply-red. Other moths of note were Black-spot or Ruddy Flat-body Agonopterix propinquella or subpropinquella, Burdock Conch Aethes rubigana, Orange Pine Tortrix Lozotaeniodes formosanus, Diamond-back Marble Eudemis profundana, 2 Cock's-head Bells Zeiraphera isertana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, 3 Marbled Piercers Cydia splendana, Codling Moth Cydia pomonella, Pearl Grass-veneer Catoptria pinella, 3 Beautiful China-marks Nymphula stagnata, Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Gold Swift, 2 Leopard Moths, Oak Hook-tip, Least Carpet, Small Phoenix, Barred Red, 2 Pine Hawkmoths, 3 Elephant Hawkmoths, Maple Prominent, Pale Prominent, 3 Black Arches, 5 Buff Footmen, Double Lobed and Green Silver-lines.

I spent a lot of time trying to work out what one moth was. On a cursory glance it recalled an Apple or Laburnum Leaf Miner (Lyonetiidae), or perhaps one of the white Phyllonorycters, having a white body and distinctive orange and black markings towards the apex. But the markings were not like any I recognised and try as I did though I couldn't find any species that had quite the same markings. Eventually I had another look at the moth through the lens to see if I could find any other clues, at which point I finally noticed the biggest clues - an oddly rounded head and a row of spines down the foreleg! No wonder I couldn't find it - it wasn't a moth at all, it was a leafhopper! Turned out to be Aguriahana stellulata.

Back at home the best moth was Birch Ermel Swammerdamia caesiella. Also 2 Bulrush Cosmets Limnaecia phragmitella and 2 Yellow-spot Tortrices Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, both species that are enjoying a good year - the latter were my 18th and 19th at home this year compared to my previous best of 4 in a year. A Small Grey Eudonia mercurella was unusual in that it was entirely covered in dark scales with just the faintest hint of the usual pattern (update Feb 2015 - this now gen detted for confirmation).

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Maple Prominent (left) and Leopard Moth (right), Bintree Wood, 19th July

 

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Dun-bar (left) and Orange Pine Tortrix Lozotaeniodes formosanus (right), Bintree Wood, 19th July

 

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Warted Knot-horn Acrobasis repandana (left) and Hook-tipped Grass-veneer Platytes alpinella (right), Bintree Wood, 19th July

 

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dark Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella (left) and Codling Moth Cydia pomonella (right), Bintree Wood, 19th July

 

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Burdock Conch Aethes rubigana (left) and Birch Marble Apotomis betuletana (right), Bintree Wood, 19th July

 

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Black-spot Flat-body Agonopterix propinquella or Ruddy Flat-body Agonopterix subpropinquella (left) and Aguriahana stellulata (right), Bintree Wood, 19th July

 

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Splayed Deerfly Chrysops caecutiens , Bintree Wood (left) and dark Small Grey Eudonia mercurella, Bawdeswell (female, gen det; (right), 19th July

 

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Birch Ermel Swammerdamia caesiella, Bawdeswell, 19th July

 

Friday 18th July

No less than 3 new moths for the house tonight - Laburnum Leaf Miner Leucoptera laburnella, Pied Smudge Ypsolopha sequella and Smoky-barred Marble Lobesia abscisana. Nearly as good for the house was Marbled Beauty - it's one I used to get in Norwich years ago, despite hardly looking for moths then, but since moving to Bawdeswell 8 years ago I've just had the one here before, way back in 2008. New for the year were White-headed Ermel Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Two-coloured Bell Eucosma obumbratana, Pale-bordered Piercer Grapholita janthinana, Orange Swift and 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings. Also worth a mention were Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella, Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella, 2 Gold Triangles Hypsopygia costalis and Maiden's Blush.

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Marbled Beauty (left) and Maiden's Blush (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Pied Smudge Ypsolopha sequella, Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Pale-bordered Piercer Grapholita janthinana (left) and Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Golden-brown Tubic Crassa unitella (left) and Smoky-barred Marble Lobesia abscisana (right), Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Oxytelus laqueatus, Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

Thursday 17th July

Tonight I got my first definite Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella for the house. I've suspected them before but this one was clearly smaller and darker than the more frequent Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella (of which there was also one for comparison) and it had coppery reflections on the terminal cilia. Otherwise Summer Rose Bell Notocelia roborana was my second record and Small Purple and Gold (or Mint Moth) Pyrausta aurata was new for the year. Elephant Hawkmoth is always worth a mention too - it's my best ever year for them.

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Small Purple and Gold Pyrausta aurata (left) and Brown China-mark Elophila nymphaeata (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

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Summer Rose Bell Notocelia roborana (left) and Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella (right), Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

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Small Fan-footed Waves, Bawdeswell, 18th July

 

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Little Ermel Swammerdamia pyrella, Bawdeswell, 17th July

 

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Hawthorn Ermel Paraswammerdamia nebulella, Bawdeswell, 17th July - for comparison

 

Wednesday 16th July

A few interesting moths tonight. Best was my first ever Least Carpet - this is a species that is spreading north and has only recently started to appear at widespread locations, so it was only a matter of time before I got my first. Another that was new for the house was 2 Bright Bells Eucosma hohenwartiana. There were also two second records - White-triangle Button Acleris holmiana, following my first ever earlier this month, and Ermine Knot-horn Phycitodes binaevella. Pretty Chalk Carpet was my third at home. One species that seems to be having a good year is Bulrush Cosmet Limnaecia phragmitella - until this month I hadn't seen any at home since 2009. Tonight was the fouth time this month that they've appeared and this time there were no less than 10 of them! Another moth that seems to be having a good year is Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis - I've had more this year than I'd had in the last six years put together.

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Least Carpet (left) and Ermine Knot-horn Phycitodes binaevella (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

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Fulvous Clothes-moth Tinea semifulvella (left) and White-triangle Button Acleris holmiana (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

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probable Brown Rowan Argent Argyresthia semifusca (left) and Bulrush Cosmet Limnaecia phragmitella (right), Bawdeswell, 16th July

 

Tuesday 15th July

Another after-work twitch today - this time a Black-winged Pratincole at Cley. I went straight from work and the bird was easily viewed from Dauke's Hide. Most of the time it was on the deck but the odd foray enable us to get brief flight views, though they were for the most part too brief to get any decent shots. Eventually it went for a longer flight, disappearing from view behind the hide after which it wasn't seen again at Cley. Plenty of other birds here too - a couple of Garganey, lots of Green Sandpipers, Barn Owl and first-summer Brent Goose. I heard a Wood Sandpiper calling briefly but didn't manage to see it.

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Black-winged Pratincole, Cley, 15th July

 

Monday 14th July

News of a Great Knot at Breydon Water determined what I would be doing after work. I arrived at the rugby club expecting a 2 mile walk to the place from which it was being viewed distantly. I was met by a line of birders walking hurriedly towards me and the lead guy indicated that the bird was now on the mud just opposite the rugby club - how very convenient! The Great Knot was still distant, but perhaps not as far as I'd imagined. You could clearly see the dark breast and even some dark markings on the flanks. You could also make out a pale scapular line, though that didn't seem to have much colour in it. A much better view than I got of the last putative Great Knot here a few years ago, and this one also had the added benefit of actually being a Great Knot, which the last one apparently wasn't.

After having my fill I returned to the car and checked the latest news. In the excitement of the Knot I'd not taken in what was coming through so was surprised to see three messages about an adult Long-tailed Skua at Winterton. Sounded like it was lingering and it's not every day you see an adult Long-tailed Skua, so a detour via Winterton on the way home seemed a good plan, though it was getting late. I arrived to find a small crowd of people watching a stonking full-tailed adult Long-tailed Skua on the beach in front of us. Amazing views of an amazing bird, and good company too. I wanted to see it fly which took some waiting, but eventually it did have a little fly-around, although by this time the light was fairly poor so the photos aren't great.

Although my shoulder is much better I still can't easily carry a scope and tripod with my right arm (or use bins when carrying it with my left arm). Maybe I should try the Scopac again but I'm not sure that will be easy to manouevre with my shoulder either. Anyway, because of the shoulder I've done very little birding since early May so I was well-chuffed to see these two fabulous birds in one evening!

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Whitethroat, Burnham Norton (left) and Great Knot, Breydon Water (right), 14th July - the Whitethroat in my lunch break showed a bit better than the Knot! My best pics of the Knot (maybe that should be least worst pics) were the ones taken with my iPhone

 

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Long-tailed Skua, Winterton, 14th July

 

Sunday 13th July

With so much to go through from yesterday I didn't attract many moths tonight. Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, Bulrush Cosmet Limnaecia phragmitella and Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis were the best of the few that found their way in anyway.

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Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, Bawdeswell, 13th July

 

Saturday 12th July

After a late night mothing last night and lots of records to work through it was perhaps not the wisest choice to go out for another round tonight. I'm glad I did though as it proved to be far and away the best night for moths I've ever experienced. It has taken me many hours to go through all the notes, images and specimens and work out the final list, but at last I've done that. There were four of us (Rob, Dave, Keiran and me) with three lights (1 trap and 2 sheets) at Woodcock Corner near Holt and it was so busy we didn't get away until dawn. I'm not sure what the highest count of moth species I've ever had before was - maybe somewhere in the region of 130? Tonight certainly surpassed that though, with a massive 166 species (79 micros, 87 macros - and a chance of more to come when dissection results are in). Among them were several goodies too - Small Purple Button Spatalistis bifasciana was the best with just 5 previous county records. Nearly as good was a species I found at home last year which was the first county record for 129 years. There were two more last year though and there's been one already this year - but Pine Cosmet Batrachedra pinicolella remains an excellent record away from the Brecks. Others that were new species for me were Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria, Gold Pine Ermel Cedestis gysseleniella, Hooked Smudge Ypsolopha nemorella, Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella, Pied Smudge Ypsolopha sequella, 2 Pine Groundlings Exoteleia dodecella, 2 Thistle Conches Aethes cnicana, 3 Common Lutestrings, Scallop Shell and Haworth's Pug. Not often I get that many lifers in a night, especially when it's not a new area or habitat.

Difficult to pick out the other ones to mention as there were so many highlights but the ones I see least often were New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris, Bracken Neb Monochroa cytisella, Two-spotted Neb Eulamprotes atrella, 3 probable Birch Sobers Anacampsis blattariella, Wood Groundling Parachronistis albiceps, Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana, Orange Pine Tortrix Lozotaeniodes formosanus, 5 Brown-barred Tortrices Epagoge grotiana, Rusty Birch Button Acleris notana (update Feb 2015: now gen detted and in fact another new species for me as I've not had one confirmed before), 3 Grey Birch Buttons Acleris logiana, 3 Pine Marbles Piniphila bifasciana, Large Birch Bell Epinotia brunnichana, White-foot Bell Epiblema foenella, 14 Orange-spotted Shoots Rhyacionia pinicolana, probable Dark Pine Knot-horn Dioryctria abietella, Chevron, 4 Pretty Chalk Carpets, Sharp-angled Carpet, Dwarf Pug, Small Seraphim, 2 Satin Beauties, 2 White Satins, 2 Red-necked Footmen, Green Arches, 4 Millers, Dingy Shears, 3 Slender Brindles and 2 Small Rufous. Another update from Feb: a white Coleophora keys out as Forest Case-bearer Coleophora ibipennella, which is another new species for me; unfortunately I had an accident with its abdomen so can't gen det it to confirm.

A few interesting moths at home too including Barred White Clothes Moth Nemapogon clematella, Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella, Gorse Crest Brachmia blandella, Bulrush Cosmet Limnaecia phragmitella, Burdock Conch Aethes rubigana, Rose Tortrix Archips rosana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 2 Dusky Pearls Udea prunalis, Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis and Small Emerald. The Aethes rubigana was my first for home and the Small Emerald only my second here.

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Orange-spotted Shoots Rhyacionia pinicolana, Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Small Purple Button Spatalistis bifasciana (left) and Pied Smiudge Ypsolopha sequella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Honeysuckle Moth Ypsolopha dentella (left) and Hooked Smiudge Ypsolopha nemorella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Pine Groundling Exoteleia dodecella (left) and Gold Pine Ermel Cedestis gysseleniella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Purple Argent Argyresthia albistria (left) and Pine Cosmet Batrachedra pinicolella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Two-spotted Neb Eulamprotes atrella (left) and probable Birch SoberAnacampsis blattariella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Rusty Birch Button Acleris notana (male, gen det; left) and Grey Birch Button Acleris logiana (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Green Silver-lines (left) and Green Arches (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Common Lutestrings, Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Miller (left) and Slender Brindle (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Dingy Shears (left) and Red-necked Footman (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July - neither of tonight's Red-necked Footmen had red necks

 

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Small Emerald (left) and Drinker (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Sharp-angled Carpet (left) and Pretty Chalk Carpet (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Small Rufous (left) and probable Forest Case-bearer Coleophora ibipennella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July - I keyed out the Coleophora under the microscope but had an accident with the abdomen preventing gen detting

 

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Birch Marble Apotomis betuletana (left) and Pine Marble Piniphila bifasciana (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Large Birch Bell Epinotia brunnichana (left) and Brown Pine Knot-horn Dioryctria simplicella (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Orange Ladybird (left) and Green Tiger Beetle (right), Woodcock Corner, 12th July

 

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Small Emerald (left) and Burdock Neb Aethes rubigana (right), Bawdeswell, 12th July

 

Friday 11th July

Having recently gained permission to moth-trap round the edge of one of the gravel pits in Bittering I met up with Dave for a session there. There was a cool northerly wind blowing and despite a dry but cloudy forecast, it was drizzling constantly. The damp cool conditions were far from ideal and as the evening progressed the weather failed to improve. We found a spot sheltered from the wind and stuck an umbrella over the light, and this seemed to keep the worst of the weather off the operation. Had the weather been more ideal I would have been disappointed with our haul, but given the paucity of moths flying in the headlights as we drove home I think we did ok with 75 species. Highlights for me were Meadow Dwarf Elachista triatomea, Triple-spotted Pug and Maple Prominent (worn almost beyond recognition, but only the second time I've seen this species). Others worth mentioning included 30+ Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana, probable Round-winged Drill Dichrorampha simpliciana, 2 Bulrush Veneers Calamotropha paludella, 3 Pearl Grass-veneers Catoptria pinella, 5 Drinkers, Chinese Character, Buff Arches, 3 Lesser Cream Waves, V-Pug, 2 Green Pugs, Pine Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Pebble Prominent, 3 Buff Footmen, Dot Moth, Southern Wainscot, 2 Rustics, 2 Burnished Brasses, Plain Golden Y and 4 Beautiful Hook-tips. Apart from the noisy Tawny Owls the only bird of note was Green Sandpiper calling at dusk.

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Pearl Grass-veneers Catoptria pinella, Bittering, 11th July

 

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Pine Hawkmoth (left) and Shaded Broad-bar (right), Bittering, 11th July

 

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Meadow Dwarf Elachista triatomea (left) and Triple-spotted Pug (right), Bittering, 11th July

 

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Bulrush Veneer Calamotropha paludella, Bittering, 11th July

 

Thursday 10th July

Heard a Little Owl calling at work today. Again I tried not to attract many moths tonight as I need to catch up with the records. As usual a few got in anyway, including a Marbled White Spot which is a species I encounter frequently enough elsewhere but it was my first at home since 2010.

 

Wednesday 9th July

Didn't have the light on tonight though a couple of moths managed to get in anyway - Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella and Cloaked Minor.

 

Tuesday 8th July

We bought the new house in North Elmham two weeks ago but it won't be til next month when we move in. Just popping in occasionally I've notched up a few birds for the new house list, including Common Tern after 2 days. Having lived in this house in Bawdeswell for nearly 8 years I didn't imagine I'd be adding any more birds to this house list before moving out, but this morning as I lay in bed I heard a Common Tern fly over. So, it took me 48 hours to get Common Tern on the North Elmham house list and over 68,000 hours to get it on the Bawdeswell house list - does that mean the North Elmham house will be over 1400 times better than the Bawdeswell house? Hope so.

Best moth tonight was Oak Nycteoline, my first since 2011. Others new for the year included Garden Rose Tortrix Acleris variegana and V-Pug. Others noteworthy were 2 Bird-cherry Ermines Yponomeuta evonymella (normally scarce here), Plain Conch Phtheochroa inopiana, Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella, Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis, Chinese Character, Buff Arches and Poplar Hawkmoth.

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Buff Arches, Bawdeswell, 8th July

 

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Chinese Character (left) and Oak Nycteoline (right), Bawdeswell, 8th July

 

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Poplar Hawkmoth (left) and Drinker (right), Bawdeswell, 8th July

 

Monday 7th July

Saw a Hobby for the second day running, this time over the road as I drove past Sculthorpe. Highlights from tonight's moths were Meadow Neb Metzneria metzneriella, Cinereous Groundling Bryotropha terrella, 2 Hawthorn Cosmets Blastodacna hellerella, Rose Tortrix Archips rosana, Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana, 2 Holly Tortrices Rhopobota naevana, Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis, Lesser Cream Wave, 2 July Highflyers and Lilac Beauty.

Update Feb 2015: have now dissected a Coleophora collected tonight and it proved to be my first Common Oak Case-bearer Coleophora lutipennella.

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Lilac Beauty (left) and July Highflyer (right), Bawdeswell, 7th July

 

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Lesser Cream Wave (left) and White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla (right), Bawdeswell, 7th July

 

Sunday 6th July

Spent some time on the patch this afternoon. All of the avian excitement came at the same time - as I rounded the north side of Creaking Gate Lake at dusk first a Hobby flew out from over the lake and off north, closely followed by 2 Common Terns - never seen Common Tern there before. Moths included Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella, Speckled Case-bearer Coleophora sternipennella (thanks Jon for dissecting), Barred Marble Celypha striana, Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana, 2 Brown Plumes Stenoptilia pterodactyla and 2 Shaded Broad-bars. Not so many moths at home - the best were Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana and Chinese Character.

Hobby at dusk, Creaking Gate Lake, 6th July

 

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Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana (left) and Stinotus binotatus (right), Bittering, 6th July

 

Saturday 5th July

Tonight there was planned a Norfolk Moth Survey event near Diss. I'd been planning to go but the weather forecast right up to when it was due to start predicted heavy rain from 10 pm to 3 am. It was a long way to go to get rained off and the weather forecast was much better for north and central Norfolk - cloudy but dry. With that in mind Dave and I headed up to Warham Greens. In the end the guys near Diss weren't rained off and had some fabulous moths while on the north coast it became a bit clearer than had been forecast resulting in a drop in temperatures. So perhaps not the best decision in hindsight, but I'm not complaining as we saw several interesting moths too, including six species I'd never seen before. I don't think any of the six were especially unusual in the habitat/location but still good for me; they were Saltern Bent-wing Bucculatrix maritima, Silver-streaked Case-bearer Coleophora limoniella, 3 Saltmarsh Case-bearers Coleophora atriplicis, New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris, Large Saltmarsh Conch Phalonidia affinitana and 3 Rosy Waves. In addition Ribwort Slender Aspilapteryx tringipennella was my first in Norfolk.

Other micros included Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella, 15 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, possible Saltern Groundling Scrobipalpa instabilella, Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella, 2 Bud Moths Spilonota ocellana, Chequered Grass-veneer Catoptria falsella, Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata, 4 Twin-barred Knot-horns Homoeosoma sinuella and 2 White Plumes Pterophorus pentadactyla. Macros included 2 Drinkers, 2 Buff Arches, Barred Yellow, Privet Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, 6 Yellow-tails, 5 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Poplar Grey, Grey or Dark Dagger, Rosy Minor and 2 Plain Golden Ys.

Update December: exciting news... an additional moth I'd been unable to identify has now been gen detted by Jon and has proved to be a Drab Clothes Moth Haplotinea insectella, the first county record since 1889! The Saltern Groundling Scrobipalpa instabilella and Saltmarsh Case-bearers Coleophora atriplicis were also confirmed).

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Drab Clothes Moth Haplotinea insectella, Warham Greens, 5th July (thanks to Jon for gen detting this first post-Victorian county record)

 

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Brown-line Bright-eye (left) and Rosy Wave (right), Warham Greens, 5th July

 

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Silver-streaked Case-bearer Coleophora limoniella (left) and Saltmarsh Case-bearer Coleophora atriplicis (right), Warham Greens, 5th July

 

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Bud Moths Spilonota occelana, Warham Greens, 5th July

 

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Saltern Groundling Scrobipalpa instabilella (left) and Saltern Bent-wing Bucculatrix maritima (right), Warham Greens, 5th July

 

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New Tawny Tubic Batia lunaris (left) and Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella (right), Warham Greens, 5th July

 

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Large Saltmarsh Conch Phalonidia affinitana (left) and Flecked Snout Nemotelus notatus (right), Warham Greens, 5th July

 

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Hawthorn Argent Argyresthia bonnetella (left) and Ribwort Slender Aspilapteryx tringipennella (right), Warham Greens, 5th July

 

Friday 4th July

Possibly my best evening ever for moths at home! A total of 75 different species in the bedroom including 3 that I've not recorded here before: the stunning Green Silver-lines, a Small Yellow Wave and best of all, my first ever White-triangle Button Acleris holmiana, a very attractive and distinctive micro. Other goodies included the distinctively marked White-foot Bell Epiblema foenella, my first since 2011 and 4 Bulrush Cosmets Limnaecia phragmitella. I'd only recorded the latter species once before, way back in 2009, so to see four in one night was quite unexpected.

Others new for the year were Bordered Carl Emmetia marginea, 2 Small Dingy Tubics Borkhausenia fuscescens, 2 Buff Cosmets Mompha ochraceella, 2 Mother of Pearls Pleuroptya ruralis, 2 Dingy Footmen and Purple Clay. Other noteworthy moths included 2 Cork Moths Nemapogon cloacella, 2 Hawthorn Ermels Paraswammerdamia nebulella, 3 Diamond-back Moths Plutella xylostella, 3 Burdock Nebs Metzneria lappella, Rose Tortrix Archips rosana, Large Ivy Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana, 2 Nut Bud Moths Epinotia tenerana, Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis, Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis, Peach Blossom, Buff Arches, Green Pug, 4 Swallow-tailed Moths, Peppered Moth, Elephant Hawkmoth and Short-cloaked Moth.

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Small Yellow Wave (left) and Green Silver-lines (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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White-triangle Button Acleris holmiana, Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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White-foot Bell Epiblema foenella, Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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Peach Blossom (left) and Buff Arches (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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Short-cloaked Moth (left) and Base-lined Grey Scoparia basistrigalis (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July (update Jan 2015 - I've now gen detted the Scoparia to confirm it - it was indeed female basistrigalis as identified at the time)

 

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Burdock Neb Metzneria lappella (left) and Buff Cosmet Mompha ochraceella (right), Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

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Bulrush Cosmets Limnaecia phragmitella, Bawdeswell, 4th July

 

Thursday 3rd July

Popped in to the patch on the way home from work. Not many birds but quite a few moths. Best of the bunch was a Meadow Dwarf Elachista triatomea - a poorly-recorded species for which there are only 11 county records since 1874 (mind you, 6 of them were last year, so presumably under-recorded). 10 Cherry Fruit Moths Argyresthia pruniella, 2 Cinereous Groundlings Bryotropha terrella, Marbled Conch Eupoecilia angustana, Barred Marble Celypha striana, 3 Common Cloaked Shoots Gypsonoma dealbana, Latticed Heath and Cloaked Minor. Best of the moths at home were Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana and 2 Swallow-tailed Moths.

Update December - Jon's now gen detted a Grey Rush Case-bearer Coleophora glaucicolella, my third record of this species.

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Lapwing, Bittering, 3rd July

 

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Meadow Dwarf Elachista triatomea (left) and Marbled Conch Eupoecilia angustana, Creaking Gate Lake, 3rd July

 

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Riband Waves, Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

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Grey Rush Case-bearer Coleophora glaucicolella (female, gen det by Jon Clifton, left) and Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana (right), Bawdeswell, 3rd July

 

Wednesday 2nd July

A quick jaunt round part of Syderstone Common during my lunch break produced little in the way of birds but a few insects, including the likes of Emerald Damselfly, Broad-bodied Chaser and a few Barred Grass-veneers Agriphila inquinatella.

I was at the new house in North Elmham after dark so thought I'd get the moth list off to a start by leaving the light on and door open. It wasn't very effective with just 10 species in the time I was there, but these included Barred Marble Celypha striana and White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla, both of which took quite a long time before they first appeared at the old house. Back at the old house the best moth was a Blue-bordered Carpet, a species that first turned up here last year. Also good were 3 Rose Tortrices (or Tortrixes?) Archips rosana - a record count for the county! Other noteworthy micros included Obscure Groundling Bryotropha similis.

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Ruddy Darters, Syderstone Common, 2nd July

 

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clouds, Syderstone Common, 2nd July - anyone know what sort of clouds these linear ones are?

 

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White Plume, North Elmham, 2nd July

 

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Blue-bordered Carpet (left) and Cloaked Carpet (right), Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

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Common Cloaked Shoot Gypsonoma dealbana, Bawdeswell, 2nd July

 

Tuesday 1st July

Stopped off at the patch on the way home from work. Not much doing bird-wise: 3 Common Terns and 2 Little Egrets on Poplar Lake and 3 Little Ringed Plovers on one of the gravel pits. The sites where these bred last year have been drier this year so not sure if they've had any success at all - none visible from anywhere I can access anyway. Best moth was an Oak Carl Tischeria ekebladella, my first of the year.

Nothing more exciting than an Elephant Hawkmoth at home, though Common Rustic agg. was new for the year.

 

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