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.


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Species List for 19/05/2018

A better night with 42 moths of 22 species including seven NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 2
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 4
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2 NFY
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 4
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1 NFY
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2221 Shargacucullia verbasci Mullein 1
2223 Calophasia lunula Toadflax Brocade 1 NFY
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
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 Peppered Moth

 Buff-tip

 Buff-tip

 Mullein

 Chinese Character

 Broad-barred White

 Lime-speck Pug

 Toadflax Brocade

 Toadflax Brocade

 Pale Prominent

 Pale Prominent -  a strange pose, just before it flew.

White-spotted Pug

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Species List for 18/05/2018

Two new species for the year, but only 18 moths of eight species.

Code
Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 3
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 Lychnis

Diamond-back Moth

Friday, 18 May 2018

Species List for 17/05/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Species List for 16/05/2018

Cold and windy, one new Micro for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1 NFY
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Epiblema cynosbatella

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Species List for 15/05/2018

Just 22 moths,but 15 species including 2 NFY, making at total of  only 58 species of macro so far this year.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

 Pale Tussock

  Pale Tussock

Light Brocade

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Species List for 14/05/2018

A disappointing catch but one NFY and a migrant at that.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2

Dark Sword-grass

Monday, 14 May 2018

Species List for 13/05/2018

I made the mistake of believing the weather forecast for Saturday (12th) that showed heavy rain through much of the night. It didn't come but I didn't run my moth traps. Last night was cool and windy and there were just 17 moths of nine species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Species List for 11/05/2018

An improvement, albeit not huge numbers.but nine NFY including the first Hawk-moth of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
714 Agonopterix yeatiana 2 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1 NFY
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 4
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1 NFY
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 6
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1 NFY
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1 NFY
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2 NFY
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1 NFY

 Silver Y

 Knot Grass

 Heart and Dart

 Shuttle-shaped Dart

  Shuttle-shaped Dart, a slightly odd one!

 TrebleLines,  a speckled example

Treble Lines

 Bright-line Brown-eye

 Poplar Hawk-moth

 Garden Pebble

 Garden Pebble - Tented resting position

 Least Black Arches



Friday, 11 May 2018

Species List for 10/05/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Species List for 09/05/2018

A colder windier night brought only eight moths of eight species, including three NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1 NFY

Pebble Prominent

A Spectacle, with very fuzzy spectcles!

Spectacle

Cabbage Moth

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