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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Species List for 27/2/2012

Four species and the first time I think I've caught a Tortricodes alternella. In the pot it looked OK and seemed to show some of the contrast evident on Peter Maton's photo on his blog. Now I've photographed it I'm not so sure as the lighter anterior end and darker posterior end don't show on the pictures. On We are the Campions some don't look as bi-coloured but I'd be pleased to get comments. Comments on UK-moths and here indicate the ID is OK.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1025 Tortricodes alternella ?

1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1

Tortricodes alternella

Tortricodes alternella

At least I know what the next one is!

Dotted Border


  1. Hi Tony,

    Been an avid reader of your blog for some time as I trap not too far inland on the outskirts of Aylesham (and I've finally got round to starting my own blog on here too this year).

    I have had a good number of T. alternella this year, including one very similar to your pic here from last nights catch, so I'd say you're spot on.

    All the best


    PS moved the comment as entered it against the wrong post to begin with

  2. T. alternella it is Tony.
    Not much else flying at this time of year of that size and shape.
    I've caught lots of them including some like yours, they vary a lot but the shape is the main field mark for me.


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