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.


Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Species List for 30/5/2011

The first culmella and Willow Beauty of the year. One of the Minors was Marbled Minor (gen det).

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 25
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 3
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

51 Moths of 18 Species, (15 Macro, 3 Micro)

Monday, 30 May 2011

Species List for 29/5/2011

The Longhorn, Nematopogon schwarziellus, was new for the garden, (or the first time I've identified it), and the Silver-ground Carpet was new for the year. One of the Minors was Marbled Minor (gen det).

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
141 Nematopogon schwarziellus
1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 24
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 4
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4

51 Moths of 15 Species, (11 Macro, 4 Micro)

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

Species List for 28/5/2011

Two Large Nutmegs, helpfully identified via the UKmoths group were the first records for the site. In addition there was the first Heart and Club of the year.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 31
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 2
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 1
2333 Apamea anceps Large Nutmeg 2
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2339 Oligia latruncula
Tawny Marbled Minor
1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 5
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 2


61 Moths of 19 Species, (17 Macro, 2 Micro)

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Species List for 27/5/2011

The first Brown Rustic of the year. Heart and Dart domination remains!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 19
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 3
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

37 Moths of 16 Species, (15 Macro, 1 Micro)

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Species List for 26/5/2011

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1

27 Moths of 13 Species, (11 Macro, 2 Micro)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Species List for 25/5/2011

Two micros and Light Emerald new for the year. I seem to be having Great Tit problems again. I wish they would wake up later! If anyone reading this has any idea of ways to deter an enterprising Great Tit from entering a Skinner trap, please let me know.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
4
1458 Myelois circumvoluta Thistle Ermine 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 32
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2167 Hadena perplexa Tawny Shears 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 10
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

73 Moths of 20 Species, (17 Macro, 3 Micro)

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Species List for 24/5/2011

Well it had to happen someday, but today was the second earliest date I've had here for Large Yellow Underwing, other new for the year species were Hedya nubifera (more bird dropping book use!) and Dusky Brocade.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1083 Hedya nubiferana Marbled Orchard Tortrix 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata
1
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 20
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2330 Apamea remissa Dusky Brocade 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 2

39 Moths of 13 Species, (11 Macro, 2 Micro)

Species List for 23/5/2011

The Scoparia pyralella was new for the year. A rather disappointing night.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
1333 Scoparia pyralella
1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

22 Moths of 10 Species, (9 Macro, 1 Micro)

Monday, 23 May 2011

Species List for 22/5/2011

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella
2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 13
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 8
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2

33 Moths of 11 Species, (10 Macro, 1 Micro)

Species List for 21/5/2011

Elephant Hawk-moth, Flame and Varied Coronet new for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 13
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 3
2170 Hadena compta Varied Coronet 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 3
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2

46 Moths of 18 Species, (16 Macro, 2 Micro)

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Species List for 20/5/2011

Three new for the year, Treble Brown Spot, Shark and Mottled Rustic. I've still got a couple of Micros that I hope to identify.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 2
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 8
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2216 Cucullia umbratica Shark 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2337 Oligia strigilis
Marbled Minor
1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 14
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1

57 Moths of 24 Species, (22 Macro and 2 Micro)

Species List for 19/5/2011

Tawny Shears and Common Wainscot new for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 23
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2167 Hadena perplexa Tawny Shears 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2337 Oligia strigilis
Marbled Minor
1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 24
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

75 Moths of 17 Species, (17 Macro)

Species List for 18/5/2011

The first Carcina quercana, Grey Pine Carpet, Mottled Beauty and Buff-tip of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
658 Carcina quercana
1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 16
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337 Oligia strigilis
Marbled Minor
1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 10
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
52 Moths of 22 Species, (19 Macro, 3 Micro)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Species List for 17/5/2011

Three new species for the year, Scalloped Hazel. Foxglove Pug and Small Elephant Hawk-moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 14
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 6
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

46 Moths of 19 Species, (18 Macro and 1 Micro)

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