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.

Trap Update in 2017. A new 125W MV Robinson was added to a 125W MV Skinner, 15W Actinic Skinner, two 80W MV Morris modified Skinners and a 80W MVMorris Box trap.
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.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Species List for 16/10/2018

The drop in the number of moths was due to far fewer Large Yellow Underwings. Another good migrant night, and a good total of species. In total there were 248 moths of 41 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 5
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 5
1408 Palpita vitrealis 5
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 4
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 2
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 2
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 116
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2   
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 12
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 7
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 3
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 19
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 7
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 4

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Species List for 15/10/2018

The predictions that the weather would bring some migrants was, for once, fulfilled. In addition Large Yellow Underwings increased dramatically. There were 329 moths (204 Large Yellow Underwings) including a Hymenia recurvalis that was new for the site and the first Vestal of the year. Nine Palpita vitrealis, eight Delicates, eight Small Mottled Willows, three Scarce Bordered Straws, two Four-spotted Footmen, two Silver Y's and a Rush Veneer were other migrants. There were also a good collection of resident autumnal moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
994  consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1404 Hymenia recurvalis 1 NFS
1408 Palpita vitrealis 9
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1 NFY
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 6
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 204
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9   
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 4
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 8
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 5
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 13
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 8
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

 Hymenia recurvalis

 Vestal

 Red-line Quaker

 Merveille du Jour

 Four-spotted Footman, male

 Yellow-line Quaker

 Small Mottled Willow, 

 Scarce Bordered Straw 

 Amblyptilia acanthadactylada

 Red-green Carpet, 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Species List for 14/10/2018

A we were going to out in the evening, and the forecast was poor I only put out two traps, the Robinson in the back garden, and the 125w Skinner in the back porch ( a defensive position). Not many moths, but rather belatedly the first Scarce Bordered Straw and two more Delicates. In total there were 69 moths of 18 species.

Code
Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 37
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 2
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 5
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

 Scarce Bordered Straw

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Species List for 13/10/2018

Not a great night, with 134 moths of 28 species. Delicates continue to be the most prominent migrant.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana 8
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 44
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 11
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 4
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 6
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 9   
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 5
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Species List for 12/10/2018

A mild,but windy night, did not produce the hoped for fall of migrants. Only 89 moths of 23 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998
Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 6
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 20
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 13   
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Friday, 12 October 2018

Species List for 11/10/2018

Wet and windy. Just 108 moths of 28 species, including two NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 2
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 27
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 13
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1 NFY
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1   
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 7
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 11
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 5
2452 Catocala nupta Red Underwing 1 NFY

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Species List for 10/10/2018

A bitmore diversity, but about the same number of moths. A Vapourer and a Boxwood Moth, the second I've caught, were NFY. In total there were 164 moths of 41 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 1 NFY
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1767 Thera firmata Pine Carpet 1
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1 NFY
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 35
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6   
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 22
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 2
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 3
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 11
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 7
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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