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.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Which Kitten - Answer Sallow Kitten

When I caught this, yesterday I thought it was a Poplar Kitten (Furcula bifida), but now I'm not so sure. Is there a definitive way of separating Sallow (Furcula furcula) and Poplar Kittens?
It is a Sallow Kitten.Thanks to Matt (see comments) and Darrel on UKMoths group. It's the first Kitten of the year, and my memory of previous Sallows was of a much more jagged distal line. I guess this is variable and this one is by no means a smooth curve as you would expect with Poplar.



  1. Tony- The most reliable way is to look at the trailing edge of the 'saddle'. In Poplar K. the line is a gentle even curve. In Sallow the line is kinked slightly (your picture shows this). Poplar is generally bigger than Sallow, though this is not 100% reliable, also colour variation isn't a cast iron field mark either........


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