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.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Species List for 2/9/2012

At long last I've got my Actinic trap functioning again, and last night all four traps were in operation. In total I caught 498 moths of 47 Species. Just for fun, and without trying to draw any conclusions here are the individual totals for the traps and also the number of moths that only appeared in that trap.

Trap Moths Species Unique to trap
25Watt Flurescent Blacklight NO1 40 14 2
25Watt Flurescent Blacklight NO2 26 15 2
Actinic light, 15W 129 21 1
125W MV Trap 303 38 17

 Annulet (Charissa obscurata)

 Dusky Thorn (Ennomos fuscantaria)

 Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago)

 Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)
 Such a small moth for a Noctuid!

 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe)
 A very fresh and well marked specimen. I can't remember seeing many with such a distinctive central dark band.

 Dioryctria abietella
I always like this group of pyradids, at this time of year it is possible that this is a migrants.

As usual at this time of year Setaceous Hebrew Characters dominated, but there were five new species for the year. Although there was nothing exceptional the Annulet was only the third I've caught here and was a year and a day after the last.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 3
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 27
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 3
1309 Agriphila geniculea 6
1336 Eudonia pallida 1 NFY
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 6
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1454 Dioryctria abietella 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 5
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 3
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 5
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 5
1894 Chiasmia clathrata Latticed Heath 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1964 Charissa obscurata Annulet 1 NFY
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 52
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 252
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 5
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1 NFY
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 6
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 2 NFY
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 9
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 26
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 13
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 15
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1 NFY
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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