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, 2 March 2012

A couple of moth from Last Night.

This very tatty "Chestnut" appeared this morning in my actinic trap. I think it is a Chestnut rather than a Dark Chestnut, even though it is difficult to see the shape of the outer edge. I think that this is The Chestnut, the right side probably shows enough wing shape to rule out Dark Chestnut.

Chestnut sp.?

Another micro I'm not sure of. I believe it is an Agonopterix species possibly ocellana or scopariella. It might not be possible with out dissection. I think that Peter Maton's suggestion (on UKmicromoths group) of Agonopterix heracliana is right for this moth. This is new for the site.

Agonopterix heracliana


  1. Hi Tony

    I would say Dark Chestnut and I'd look at the left wing rather than the right, as it is more entire. it appears to have the pale notches in the leading edge of the wing that typifies Dark


  2. Thanks Neil,
    looking at UKmoths both species can show the pale marks on the forewing. What I don't think this one has is the "hooked" tip ans "S" shape of the outer forewing edge, or is this not critical?


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