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.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Scarce Bordered Straw and the Gem.

A bit brighter so I got the camera out (1/8th sec only).

Scarce Bordered Straw (Helicoverpa armigera)
 This is the 179th Scarce Bordered Straw I've caught, but only 16 other than in 2006.

The Gem (Orthonama obstipata), Male
Only the 5th Gem I've caught. Two in 2006 and two last year. Four have been in the Autumn but one was on Jun 15th last year. Four have been males and just one in 2006 a female.

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