July 2014

 

Friday 4th July

Possibly my best evening ever for moths at home! A total of 76 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, Grey Pug, 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

 

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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.

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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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Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana, 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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