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.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Two Noctuids Identified as Large Nutmegs

Thanks to Paul Sokoloff and Eamonn O'Donnell for getting me on the right track for these two Large Nutmegs.

Noctuid 1 - Slightly larger than Rustic Shoulder-knot. A brocade or brindle?

Noctuid1 - on 2mm grid

Noctuid 2 - Just about the same size as the Rustic Shoulder-knot caught with it.

Noctuid2 - on 2mm grid


  1. Both look like LArge Nutmeg to me Tony, I'm plagued with them!

  2. Thanks Matt, that seems to be 100% agreement. Interestingly Nigel Jarman, who moths at Kingsdown (2.5 miles north along the coast) hasn't ever had one there. So they are not so common in our neck of the woods.

  3. Quite a few of these turning up in Thanet too Tony ... unfortunately in everyone's traps barring the two I run in my garden. Francis has taken quite a few around his two coastal traps and Gadget took two one night last week from his garden trap. I know one of the other garden Pegwell traps took one as well. They have been around in unprecedented numbers. Good mothing/birding ... Phil.

  4. Thanks phil, I wonder then if they are migrants, with so many turning up at coastal traps.


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