1 Yellow Horned (Achlya flavicornis)
1 Early Tooth-striped (Trichopteryx carpinata)
3 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)
1 Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea)
43 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
2 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)
8 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
2 Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda)
14 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)
3 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)
So 5 species of Orthosia moth and 3 new for the year - Pine Beauty, Early Tooth-stripe and Yellow Horned.
This latter moth gets both it's English and latin name from the yellowish colour of the antennae, though they always look more orange to me.
|Yellow or orange?|
As I had a quiet saunter down the road, I noticed quite a few Bramble leaves had the tell-tale evidence of a Leaf miner moth. This one belongs to the micromoth Stigmella aurella and is always found on Bramble. The shape of the mine created by the larva as it feeds between the leaf and the species of plant being mined is a much more reliable aid to identification than the tiny adult moth itself.
Later, by the train station in Chester-le-Street I saw two butterflies flying around. two different species, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Comma.