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.


Friday, 22 June 2012

Species List for 21/6/2012

With wet weather forecast and the wind picking up to gale force my instincts were not to trap last night. But in the end I did run two traps (MV and Actinic). My instincts were right, it really isn't worth it when the wind is at 30+ mph with gusts up to 50mph. Every thing survived in tact but only 8 moths were brave enough to venture forth.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1063 Celypha striana
1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1

Out of curiosity I had a look at the last five years results for this, the shortest night of the year.
  
Year Total Species
2012 8 5
2011 95 28
2010 94 33
2009 107 32
2008 96 34
2007 210 55

That was a bad night last night!

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