|Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata|
It proved to be a diverse, if small, haul of macros, including 16 species new for the trap: Chinese Character, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Foxglove Pug, Mottled Pug, Common Pug, Eyed Hawk-moth, Iron Prominent, Marbled Brown, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Heart and Dart, Light Brocade, Marbled Minor agg, Treble Lines and Buttoned Snout.
|Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata|
|Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis, a local, former UK BAP species|
Scorched Carpet (first caught in early April) is another fairly local species, whose larvae feed on Spindle Euonymus europaeus.
|Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum|
Marbled Brown is a local moth of "long-established woodland in which mature oaks remain plentiful" (Waring et al. 2003), of which there is precious little in this area. Unfortunately, this smart little Notodontid fell victim to a Blackbird before I could photograph it (and despite my best efforts to protect it).
In contrast, Light Brocade, another local species represented by two of last night's catch, is associated with open ground on calcareous soil.
Foxglove Pug was attractive and easily identified (and, of course escaped before I could photograph it), but I struggled for a long time several other pugs and had to leave two unidentified, despite unstinting help from Norfolk Moths groups. I felt confident of Common and Mottled though.
|Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata|
Five species were firsts for 2014: Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Pebble Prominent, Turnip Moth and Small Square-spot.
Macro-moths (45 moths of 30 spp.):-
Micro-moths (3 moths of 2 spp.):-
|Evergestis forficalis||Garden Pebble||2|
|Eurrhypara hortulata||Small Magpie||1|
Waring, P., Townsend, M. & Lewington, R. (2003) Field guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland. British Wildlife Publishing: Hook, Hampshire. 432 pp.