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, 13 April 2011

Species Lists for 12/4/2011 and a Pug (Edited again!)

Again a poor night but one new species for the year, a pug. I believe(d) this to be a Brindled Pug, but would like to know if I'm wrong! The wing span is 20mm.

It seems I might be wrong, and that Oak Tree Pug is possibly the identification. The first telling ID character (from Steve on the UKMoths group) is "the orange streak on the leading edge and trailing edge of the forewing". This is not a character I knew about and is not mentioned in "British and Irish Pug Moths" by A.M.Riley & G.Prior, but I'm now told can also be seen in Brindled. The second is given by Bill Dykes in the comment below. On the other hand Mike on UKMothsgroup says " I was happy that your pug was Brindled. I've found that Oak-tree tends to have more rounded wings and looks smaller than Brindled as a result. ak-tree also shows a broader, more definite discal spot. In saying that, the middle photo of Oak-tree on UKmoths looks very like a Brindled to me. "
So at the moment I'm not sure, and I've let the moth go. Nigel Jaman and Ben are on the side of Oak-tree and I think that is it on balance.

Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata )

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 9
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 12
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 3

29 Moths of 9 Species (9 Macro)


  1. The broad central forewing spot and white patch immediatly beyond make that a pretty typical Oak-tree Pug for me. I would agree with the Tawny Pinion also, but I can't say I'm an expert!


  2. Hi

    Brindled Pug also show these orange streaks


  3. Thanks Tom,
    that makes it more complicated!

  4. It is a nice fresh Oak-tree Pug, much stouter and rounder wings are diagnostic.

  5. Thanks Ben, my mentor Nigel Jarman agrees.


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