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.


Thursday, 31 May 2012

Species list for 30/5/2012

Although the temperature only dropped to about 12 deg C there was a disappointing collection of 32 moths of 15 species, this morning. The postman improved the day by delivering the New Micro Moths Field Guide and Conifer Moths of the British Isles. My excuses for not identifying micros are diminishing! I've also up-loaded a couple more pictures of the Lunar Double-stripe below.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1 NFY
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 11



Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Species list for 29/5/2012

63 Moths of 26 species.Large Nutmeg, was only my second, the first was on 28th May last year. Clouded-bordered Brindle was only the third here, the last was six years ago.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1 NFY
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1 NFY
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 2 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1 NFY
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2326 Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle 1 NFY
2333 Apamea anceps Large Nutmeg 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 15
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Two from last night

Two moths that had me scratching my head this morning. I think I've solved the first, a Clouded-bordered Brindle (confirmed), but the identification of the second still eludes me. It is the size of a Nutmeg (fw about 16mm). I think I've struggled with Large Nutmeg before, thanks Matt for putting me straight.

Clouded-bordered Brindle

Large Nutmeg

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Species list for 28/5/2012

Another mild night produced a reasonable catch with 77 moths of 35 species. Nothing wildly exciting but two nice fresh Small Elephant Hawk-Moths were good to see. Seven new moths for the year (NFY).


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1333 Scoparia pyralella
1 NFY
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1362 Pyrausta purpuralis 1 NFY
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1 NFY
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 4
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 4
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2 NFY
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 3
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 16
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1 NFY
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2167 Hadena perplexa Tawny Shears 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 3
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1 NFY
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Monday, 28 May 2012

Species list for 27/5/2012

Lunar Thorn  (Selenia lunularia)

Lunar Thorn  (Selenia lunularia)

A reasonable night with 64 moths of 32 species. The Lunar Thorn was only the third from the site and the first first generation.

 
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1063 Celypha striana 0 1 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 0 1 NFY
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1 NFY
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 2
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1918 Selenia lunularia Lunar Thorn 1 NFY
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2006 Pheosia gnoma Lesser Swallow Prominent 1 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 14
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 NFY
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 45
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1 NFY
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1 NFY
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Lunar Double-stripe 26/5/2012

The first Lunar Double-stripe for The Hidden House, and me!

2456 Lunar Double-stripe (Minucia lunaris)

2456 Lunar Double-stripe (Minucia lunaris)

2456 Lunar Double-stripe (Minucia lunaris)

Species list for 26/5/2012

Well not a fantastic number of moths but one which makes it worth while. A Lunar Double-stripe was a pleasant surprise in my actinic trap. A new species for me and quite an uncommon moth. (picture to follow).


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
672 Depressaria heraclei Parsnip Moth 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2456 Minucia lunaris Lunar Double-stripe 1 NFS

Species List for 25/5/2012

Four traps run, yielding just 33 moths of 13 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 4
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4

Friday, 25 May 2012

Species list for 24/5/2012

Not quite so productive, although for the first time this I ran four traps.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
720 Ethmia bipunctella
1
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 7
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 3
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1

Species List for 23/5/2012

53 Moths of 29 species, suddenly I have some hope for Sunday. On Sunday we have a wildlife event in the village hall, mainly for children and families. I'm supposed to be showing some moths and demonstrating "mothing". I was beginning to think I wouldn't have any moths, but now there's some hope.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
697 Agonopterix arenella
1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1
1342 Eudonia angustea
1
1458 Myelois circumvoluta Thistle Ermine 1
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 2
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 11
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 6
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1

Species List for 22/5/2012

Twenty-three moths of eleven species, going in the right direction!
  
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
672 Depressaria heraclei Parsnip Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 21/5/2012

Still waiting for the moths to arrive in numbers!
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1

Species List for 20/5/2012

Better weather is forecast for later in the week, but until then.................


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2

Monday, 21 May 2012

Species Lists for 9/5/2012 to 19/5/2012

The  results from the last ten days mothing. I have never had such a poor run in May before. The temperature has fallen to about 8 deg on most nights and after April's weather there just are no moths around.

19/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1740 Epirrhoe galiata Galium Carpet 1

18/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1

17/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1

16/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

15/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

14/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

12/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

11/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1

10/5/2012
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1

9/5/2012

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1

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