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, 30 August 2012

Species List for 29/8/2012

A grim night, very wet in the early morning and windy. Only 78 moths of 18 species, and one trap only run.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 41
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 6
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Species list for 28/8/2012

Last night was notable for the first Pearly Underwing of the year. I was interested in my records of this species. Five in 2004, four in 2005 and then 58 in 2006, which was a mega year for migrants. In 2007 there were 14, all but one in April, May and June, probably meaning that they were from the previous years invasion. I recorded no more until three last year, one each in June, October and November. In all last night there were 311 moths of 37 species, including 51 micros, of 12 species
Cydia amplana
Pearly Underwing - note punk hairstyle.
 Pyrausta despicata

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
870 Oegoconia quadripuncta   11
873 Blastobasis adustella   2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 18
1262 Cydia amplana   1
1304 Agriphila straminella   1
1305 Agriphila tristella   6
1309 Agriphila geniculea   4
1316 Catoptria falsella   1
1342 Eudonia angustea   2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1365 Pyrausta despicata   1 NFY
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 3
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 3
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 3
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 22
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
2119 Peridroma saucia Pearly Underwing 1 NFY
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 152
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 6
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 15
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 12
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Species list for 27/8/2012

Only one trap due to the adverse weather, but still 281 moths of 41 species. Once again Setaceous Hebrew Characters dominated. A new micro for the garden was identified, the unspectacular Scrobipalpa costella.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
819 Scrobipalpa costella 1 NFS
873 Blastobasis adustella 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 17
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1260 Cydia splendana 2
1262 Cydia amplana 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 5
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 3
1361 Pyrausta aurata 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 5
1413 Hypsopygia costalis Gold Triangle 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1855 Eupithecia phoeniceata Cypress Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 4
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 15
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 9
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 130
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 6
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 14
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 18

Monday, 27 August 2012

Species list for 26/8/2012

After two days when the weather, or more presisely the weather forecast, prevented me from trapping, I did put three traps out. It was still windy and not surprisingly a little disappointing. Setaceous Hebrew Characters made up the majority of the macros caught. Altogether there were 218 moths of 34 species. Another Cydia amplana brings this years total to four, the only other I've caught was in August 2008.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 5
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1262 Cydia amplana 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 3
1309 Agriphila geniculea 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1361 Pyrausta aurata 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 10
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 5
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1 NFY
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 10
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 106
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 5
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 11

Friday, 24 August 2012

Species List for 23/8/2012

A big night with over 100 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, still a long way from the 438 I caught on 19/8/2009! In total there were 397 moths, 79 micros of 24 species and 318 macros of 40 species. Notable were three Cydia amplana, a reasonably scarce migrant. Only one new species for the year list though.
 
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 7
427 Yponomeuta cagnagella Spindle Ermine 1
455 Ypsolopha scabrella   2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella   4
874 Blastobasis lacticolella   2
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 23
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1260 Cydia splendana   2
1262 Cydia amplana   2
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1304 Agriphila straminella   3
1305 Agriphila tristella   13
1309 Agriphila geniculea   3
1342 Eudonia angustea   2
1344 Eudonia mercurella   2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 7
1424 Endotricha flammealis   1
1439 Trachycera advenella   2
1452 Phycita roborella   2
1498 Amblyptilia punctidactyla   1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla   1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 5
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 3
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 3
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 2
1855 Eupithecia phoeniceata Cypress Pug 1
1884 Abraxas grossulariata Magpie Moth 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 8
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 5
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 2
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 12
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 15
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 17
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 121
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 10
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 3
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 7
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 4
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 20
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 42
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Species List for 22/8/2012

 The Yellow Shell is often seen flying during the day, in the garden it is normally around the hedges. Often found in the house but only occasionally does it come to light.
 
Another cooler night. Of the 186 moths, 31 were micros of nine species including the first Amblyptilia punctidactyla of the year. There were 155 macros of  22 species including 68 Setaceous Hebrew Characters.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 6
873 Blastobasis adustella 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 12
1063 Celypha striana 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 9
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1498 Amblyptilia punctidactyla 1 NFY
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 15
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 7
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 68
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 9
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 5
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 13
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 6

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