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, 31 March 2010

Norman's Chestnuts

A friend sent me the two pictures below. he said "We have caught a few chestnut moths. These two I am not sure if they are just chestnut.They are chestnut size.Could either be dark or red headed."
The first looks like a normal Chestnut to me, but the second is slightly odd, having a straight, not curved front edge to the forewing. I don't think it is a Red-headed or Dark Chestnut, but I'm not sure it is just a Chestnut.


Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Species List for 28/3/2010 and 29/3/2010

This morning (result for 29th) there were just three Hebrew Characters in my MV trap (the actinic tube in my other trap having died).

Twenty moths of five species for the night of 28th March.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 12
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Monday, 29 March 2010

Species List for 27/3/2010

Almost back to zero.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Species List for 26/3/2010

I doesn't get any better.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Friday, 26 March 2010

Species List for 25/3/2010(Joke)

From the sublime (well quite good anyway) to the ridiculous. Just one Hebrew Character last night. It was very windy (25-30 mph) and down to about 7 deg C.

Quaker

This "Quaker" is at the small end of the Common Quaker range but somehow it doesn't seem right for a Small Quaker to me, although the size is right. It is a Small Quaker (Ben, Ken Noble and Angus Tyner all agree).

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Species List for 24/3/2010

A increase in the total number of moths from 54 to 86 with the addition of Twin-spotted Quaker, Small Quaker and Satellite. Traps, MV and Actinic.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 4
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 43
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 5
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 28
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 1

Species list for 23/3/2010

For the first time this year I caught enough moths tommake it worth while posting a list. Three of the Oak Beauties were stunners, while the fourth was already worn out. Two traps ran, one MV, one actinic.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 3
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 4
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 28
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 14
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

It's 2010!

I ran two traps last night, I think the danger of snow has past! Nothing in my MV trap and just two moth in my Actinic trap, a Common Quaker and a March Moth.

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