Mothing at The Hidden House, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Tony Morris


Passenger, caught 23/9/2006 (National moth night).

Mothing at St Margaret's

Most of the Moth lists and Photographs are from my garden (TR359450) in the village of St Margaret's at Cliffe in Kent. It is situated about 1Km from the sea and has farmland with in 100 metres. The garden is well shrubbed and about 1600 sq metres. I normally run a 125 MV lamp and a 15W actinic light over-night and once the season gets going a couple of other traps. At the moment both are 25W black Lamps. previously I used a 160W blended lamp in one of them. All traps are home made. Trapping dates refer to the date the trap was put out.
I try and identify all the Macro Moths, with the micros I am not at all systematic, I do more than I used to with the help of the new book, but there are some that do get through.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Species List for 25/03/2017

Three new species for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2 NFY
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 1 NFY
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 9

Powdered and Common Quakers 

Shoulder Stripe

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Species List for 24/03/2017

Another Oak Beauty was the "highlight" of the catch.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Friday, 24 March 2017

Species List for 23/03/2017

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
688 Agonopterix heracliana 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1


I think this is probably Agonopterix heracliana, but I am told that  Agonopterix ciliella is another possiblity. Any opinions welcome. I no longer have the moth of Gen Det is not a possibility.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Species List for 22/03/2017

Another day when all the traps contained something, but in each case, very little. 

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Species List for 21/03/2017

Just eleven moths of three species, in four traps, and all had at least one moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Species List for 20/03/2017

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 5
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Monday, 20 March 2017

Species List for 19/03/2017

Another very windy night from the SW. Now with four traps, as the "Wooded corner" 80W MV dusted off and switched on, hoping that the sheltered area might be productive, but hope was not fulfilled.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 10

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Species List for 18/03/2017

Another windy night, but nine species is the most so far this year, just 17 individuals.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Species List for 17/03/2017

A wild and windy night, with gusts up to 40 mph. no moths in the Pond Garden Trap, just 2 in the main garden MV and four in the front garden Actinic.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Friday, 17 March 2017

Species List for 16/03/2017

A third trap added, an 80W MV in the "pond garden".

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 3
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 6
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 6
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 4

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