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.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Species List for 24/09/2017

Two Four-spotted Footman were the highlight of a night with 247 moths of 34 species.



Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 5
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 77
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 12
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4   
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 34
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 40
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 5
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Species List for 23/09/2017

An interesting catch with 228 moths of 38 species, including the latest Mottled Rustic I've caught. I believe it does occasionally have a second generation but I've only seen it rarely and the previous latest dat was Sept 19th in 2014.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 6
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 69
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 27
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 30
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1   
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 4
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 29
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 5

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Species List for 22/09/2017

Frosted Orange. Mallow and Spruce Carped joined the autumnal party. In total there were 172 moths of 28 spwecies.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1306 Agriphila inquinatella 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1911 Ennomos autumnaria Large Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 62
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 9
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 41
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 17
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

 Mallow

Frosted Orange 

Spruce Carpet


Friday, 22 September 2017

Species List for 21/09/2017

A few new moths for the year as Autumn officially arrived, Black Rustic, Beaded Chestnut, Feathered Ranunculus and Pine Carpet. 202 moths of 37 species was an improvement in variety.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1767 Thera firmata Pine Carpet 1
1855 Eupithecia phoeniceata Cypress Pug 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 67
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 10
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 36
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 14
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1   
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 16
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 3
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 4

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Species List for 20/09/2017

A late Ruby Tiger was a surprise. There was a increase from the prvious few nights with 219 moths of 31 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 14
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 74
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 25
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 40
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 9
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 3
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2   
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 18
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

Ruby Tiger 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Species List for 19/09/2017

Another cold night produced just 154 moths of 20 species. The first Autumnal Rustic of the year confirmed the season and there was a second Clancy's Rustic.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 65
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 10
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 5
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 40
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 14
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2   

Autumnal Rustic

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Species List for 18/09/2017

A good day for surprises. I was debating retiring my 80W no1 trap for the season,but it produced the first Clancy's Rustic of the season. The second surprise was a False Codling Moth, a moth from Africa, and probably one brought into the country on Citrus Fruits. Nevertheless there have been very few records to date.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1215 Thaumatotibia leucotreta False Codling Moth 1 NFS
1306 Agriphila inquinatella 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 73
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 17
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 59
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 6
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1   
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

 Clancy's Rustic

False Codling Moth

Monday, 18 September 2017

Species List for 17/09/2017

The first Silver Y for 15 days was one of five species of migrants,the others being Diamond-back Moth, Delicate, Scarce Bordered Straw and Rush Veneer,  but all were singles. In addition Turnip and White Point could also be visitors. In total there were 183 moths of 25 species. The Scarce Bordered Straw was the 47th this year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1306 Agriphila inquinatella 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 83
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 13
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 43
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 8
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 2   
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

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