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.

Monday, 3 June 2013


Just How bad was May for Mothing at the Hidden House. I ran two traps every night.  The figures below show the results for the years 2007 to 2013. Not only was the total number of moths extremely low, but the diversity of species was even more worryingly low.

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Total Number 425 400 597 368 1190 530 176
Species 59 58 72 63 115 90 21

The number of moths caught was 30% of the average for the previous six years and the number of species caught just 27% of the average from those years.

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