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.


Sunday, 25 March 2012

Species List for 24/3/2012

My last list until the end of April/beginning of May and a disappointing one. I'm off to the Pacific, but I don't expect to see many moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 10
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 6
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 12
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Species List for 23/3/2012

A uninspiring collection.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
3
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 2
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 2
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 17
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 20
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 10
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 19
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 1

Friday, 23 March 2012

Species List for 22/3/2012

46 Moths of 12 species was the best to date this year. Diurnea fagella, Mottled Grey and Angle Shades were new for the year and the Mottle Grey was only the second one I've caught here. Coincidentally Nigel caught one at Kingsdown (4.23 Km away) last night. His first for the site.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
663 Diurnea fagella
1
688 Agonopterix arenella
1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
4
1775 Colostygia multistrigaria Mottled Grey 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 2
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 6
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 9
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 10
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Mottled Grey

I caught this last night. I wasn't sure what it was at first, but down the road at Kingsdown, Nigel Jarman caught a Mottled Grey last night. Looking at pictures on the WEB it seems that they can be very yellow. Is this what I have here? It's seven years since my one and only previous one, so it is an unfamiliar moth for me. Comments welcome.


Here, for comparison, is a picture from Nigel of the Mottled Grey he caught at Kingsdown.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Species List for 21/3/2012

The Actinic caught up today with 15 of the 26 moths caught. Nothing new or exciting, but the biggest catch of the year (by one).

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 11
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Species List for 20/3/2012

Oddly all moths this morning were in my MV trap and none in my Actinic. So far this year, when I've had the two running, the split has been 60/40 to the MV.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Species List for 19/3/2012

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Monday, 19 March 2012

Species List for 18/3/2012

Saturday Night was a wash out and last night was very cold. I only caught seven moths of three species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Species List for 16/3/2012

Agonopterix heracliana

The first Herald of the year and another Depressariinae that I think is A heracliana. Please let me know if I'm wrong!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
688 Agonopterix heracliana
1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 2
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 6
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 11
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 1

Friday, 16 March 2012

Species List for 15/3/2012

A few moths, but nothing new for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
3
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 9
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Species List for 14/3/2012

My MV trap is back in action, a new bulb holder seems to have done the trick. A Small Quaker was new for the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Species List for 13/3/2012

Still just using the Actinic trap.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Species List for 12/3/2012

A twin-spotted Quaker joined the year list. Still just using my 15 W Actinic trap.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
2
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Monday, 12 March 2012

Species List for 11/3/2012

Very annoyingly the electrics on my MV trap seem to have packed it in. At the moment I can't seem to find a fault so I may be forced to replace the ballast etc. Consequently I only ran my actinic trap last night.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Species List for 9/3/2012

A couple of firsts for the year, but both common spring moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 2
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1

Friday, 9 March 2012

Species List for 8/3/2012

After several days when the weather was too bad to bother trapping, followed by a completely blank night I caught the grand total of four moths last night. I popped into Sandwich Bay B.O. today and discovered this was twice as many as them!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1
1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Species "List" for 2/3/2012

Damp, foggy nights just don't seem to attract any moths here. The only record from yesterday was
a single Emmelina monodactyla on the swimming pool room wall behind my trap.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1

Species List for 1/3/2012

March Moth

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
688 Agonopterix arenella
1
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1

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.
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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

Thursday, 1 March 2012

After a blank night last night it was good to get a few moths last night. In addition  a Agonopterix heracliana was identified from a photo - see above.

Eudonia angustea


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1025 Tortricodes alternella 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

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