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.


Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Species List for 29/9/2009

Barred Sallow was new last night, the second earliest I've recorded here (just 14 records).
I discovered that I had about 10 days in July still in my note book, but not on my data base. I've been catching up today and this will change the year to-date lists, just a little. I also caught my first Clancy's Rustic, but because it wasn't on my pre-typed check list I forgot to put it on last night.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Species List for 28/9/2009

A cold clear night produced few moths and no new species for the year.

Code Species Individuals
1728 Garden Carpet 2
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing 18
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2117 Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2134 Square-spot Rustic 1
2232 Black Rustic 2
2255 Feathered Ranunculus 6
2267 Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Lunar Underwing 17
2375 Large Wainscot 1
2477 Snout 1

Monday, 28 September 2009

Species List for 27/9/2007

83 Moths of twenty species including Frosted Orange and Large Wainscot, both new for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1984 Macroglossum stellatarum Humming-bird Hawk-moth 1
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 23
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2248 Dryobotodes eremita Brindled Green 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 25
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Species List for 26/9/2009

The first Autumnal Rustic of the year. 102 macros of 19 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 26
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 36
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 6

Species List for 25/9/2009

The usual suspects plus the first Blair's Shoulder-knot of the year. 92 Macros of 16 species

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
1342 Eudonia angustea
1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 22
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 36
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Species List for 24/9/2009

Nothing new, Lunar Underwings out numbered Large Yellow Underwings. 97 Macros of 15 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 29
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 7
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 36
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

Friday, 25 September 2009

Species List for 23/9/2009

A few more moths with 146 Macros of 20 species. The first Brindled Green of the year, and only the fifth record here, the others were in 2006 form Sept 24th to Oct 19th.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 9
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 47
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 8
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2248 Dryobotodes eremita Brindled Green 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 11
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 33



2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Brindled Green

I think that this is a Brindled Green, but since I don't normally catch them and there are a few similar moths confirmation would be good. Over 20 people had a look, Richard Moore agreed and no one disagreed with the ID.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Species List for 22/9/2009

Nothing exciting, 97 macros of 16 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 37
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 8
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 25
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Species List for 21/9/2009 - nil desperandum

Still time for something good, three of the best moths I've had here have been after this date! Red-green Carpet was new for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 22
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 18
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

Monday, 21 September 2009

Species List for 20/9/2009

The first Black Rustic of the year for The Hidden House.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 83
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 22
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Species List for 19/9/2009

NMN part two at the Hidden House. Again, nothing to get excited about. Three traps, the actinic being at St Margaret's Farm, Napchester. I've done a quick comparison with the 2006, September 23rd NMN on my St Margaret's blog (with pictures!)

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1867 Aplocera plagiata Treble-bar 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 65
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 7
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2

St Margaret's Farm, Napchester, Whitfield 19/9/09

No Surprises, a few moths, but it has been poor at the Hidden House as well. Definitely a worth while try, and worth continuing next year when the mothing is better.

Species List for Napchester, St Margaret's Farm 19/09/09




Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 8
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 30
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Species List for 18/9/2009

NMN list for the Hidden House, three traps, the actinic being at St Margaret's Farm.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 48
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 11
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

St Margaret's Farm, Napchester, Whitfield 18/9/09

As a change, for NMN I ran one actinic trap at St Margaret's Farm, Napchester Lane. Not a fantastic catch, but a couple different from what I catch here. The trap was 5.3 km from the Hidden House. Many thanks to Colin and Janet Cross for letting me use their garden (and electricity). Incidentally, Janet's honey is great, worth and not too expensive.

Species List for a St Margaret's Farm] [18/9/09]




Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 11
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

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