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.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Two torts two Scoparia.

Tortrix One, about 8mm. I think this might be a Cochylidia species, but not sure which one.

Scoparia One. Is this pallida?

Tortix Two. Not sure on this one.

Scoparia two. Is this another Pallida?


  1. Top tortrix ...there is a hint of a white head in the photo, not clear, with the black thorax it could be Cochylis dubitana. If head is black then more likely C. atricapitana.
    Celypha lacunana looks good for tortrix 2.
    Pallida is possible for Scoparia 1, looks good.
    Scoparia 2 looks a bit worn, could be a washed out "ambigualis".... difficult, I send a few of my Scops to my "micro man" for gen det, each year to be certain.

  2. Hi Tony. The top moth is Cochylis molliculana. They started appearing here in Thanet a few years ago and are now one of the most common Cochylis species we get here.

    The other moths are Eudonia pallida and Celypha lacunana. The bottom Eudonia/Scoprais is a bit too worn to identify.

    all the best ... Phil. (Ramsgate/Pegwell)

  3. Thanks Phil, nice to hear from you.

  4. Agree on molliculana, a once rare moth, now they are appearing everywhere and spreading. Nice

  5. I've not seen molliculana before but I will be on the lookout for it from now.

    1. It's a nice little moth! Phil is a top man for pointing me (us) in the right direction. If you haven't seen Phil's annual bird reports for Pegwell Bay, they are possibly the best reports available!


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