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.


Friday, 26 October 2012

Species List for 25/10/2012

Not a great night, colder and very windy. Usually as the number of moths falls the MV does far better than the Actinic trap. This has not be so for the last few days and last night there was only one moth in my MV trap (Epiphyas postvittana). Two migrants, another Scarce-bordered Straw and a Delicate, also the first Feathered Thorn of the year.

 Large Wainscot (Rhizedra lutosa)

 Scarce Bordered Straw (Helicoverpa armigera)

Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria)


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1 NFY
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Species list of 24/10/12

After yesterdays encouraging results I ran all four traps instead of the two that has been the norm since the 10th. There seemed little difference in the weather but, unfortunately the were far fewer moths. One black light trap had no moths and the other just two (but both were the only ones of that species last night.) Total of 28 moths of eight species.


998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Species list for 23/10/2012

Another quite mild night, and although misty nowhere near as bad as the last couple of nights.Three Dark Swordgrass  and single Gem (male), Silver Y, Rush Veneer, Diamond-backed moth  and Rush Veneer gave a good representation of migrants. Brick and Yellow-line Quaker were new for the Year. Total of 76 moths of 21 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1720 Orthonama obstipata Gem 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 26
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 11
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1 NFY
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1 NFY
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 6
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Species list for 22/10/2012

A very foggy, although quite mild night. Far fewer moths than last night with 25 of eight species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Monday, 22 October 2012

Species List for 21/10/2012

After a five day rain delay (worse than a test match in May)a reasonable forecast encouraged me to put out two traps. 57 moths of 19 species was a reasonable return and a Dark Chestnut was new for the year. A birding walk along the cliff top today revealed hundreds, if not thousands of Rush Veneers in the grass.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 19
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1 NFY
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 16/10/2012

Ten moths four species, still waiting for the autumn revival!


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2

Species List for 15/10/2012

Only three species but eleven moths, better or worse?


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1

Species List for 14/10/2012

Four moths, four species, it was not productive!


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Species List for 13/10/2012

Only seven moths of five species. A very clear and cold night (ice on the windscreen this morning!).


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Species List for 12/10/2012

A colder but dry night. 33 moth of ten species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1

Species List for 11/10/2012

Twenty moths of 10 species. Very wet and windy night.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

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.

Species List for 10/10/2012

Fewer moths, with just 66 of 19 species. Two new for the year. a Gem (why is this dull moth called a Gem?) and a Scarce Bordered Straw. Hopefully photos tomorrow if it gets light!


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 4
1720 Orthonama obstipata Gem 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 11
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 11
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1 NFY
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Species List for 9/10/2012

 Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae)

 Large Wainscot (Rhizedra lutosa)

Chestnut type species

 Another reasonable catch with two new species for the year, a Large Wainscot and two Green-birndled Crescents. In total 103 moths of 23 species, plus one as yet unidentified. The "Chestnut type" above has a similar hindwing to Beaded Chestnut and was the same size, but lacked any significant markings. Any suggestions?


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 23
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 19
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 6
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 5
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2 NFY
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 11
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1 NFY
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Species List for 8/10/12- Dewick's Plusia

  Dewick's Plusia (Macdunnoughia confusa)

  Dewick's Plusia (Macdunnoughia confusa)

 Dewick's Plusia (Macdunnoughia confusa)



Overcast and a bit damp meant quite good conditions. 114 moths of 26 species. The star moth was a Dewick's Plusia, new for the site. Delicate, Dark Sword Grass and Rush Veneer made up the other migrants (or are the Turnips visitors?).  Mallow and Black Rustic were new for the year.


 
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 25
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1 NFY
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 11
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2436 Macdunnoughia confusa Dewick's Plusia 1 NFS
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Monday, 8 October 2012

Species List for 7/10/2012

A better night, with three new species for the year and a few migrants. The Delicate was pristine and one of the Silver Y's was a small "nigricens".81 moths of 20 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 4
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 17
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 11
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1 NFY
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 9
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 8
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1 NFY
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

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