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.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Species List for 2/10/2013

Two Four-spotted Footman seemed pretty good and finding that Nigel had two more at Kingsdown and Julian another in North Kent indicates at real influx. As I had a bit of time I took a few photos of the catch.

 This Deep-brown Dart is rather more contrasty and well marked than most that I've caught before. Some are almost as dark as the closely related Black Rustic.

 Barred Sallows vary in the intensity of their marking and their colour. The one above is at the darker end of the variations.
 This is paler in the ground colour but is more contrasting with the darker bars. Like all the Sallows these are attractive end of season moths.

 The Autumnal Rustic has a rather calm look about it, nothing flashy and very neat, but still very much a symbol of this time of the year.

 For anyone who is red-green colour blind, and colour blindness is common in males and vary variable in its severity the name Red-green Carpet is very off putting. I normally get Pam to check anything that is supposed to have a green content, Brindle, Pug etc. but this carpet does have a very individual pattern and I hope that I've got it right without using Pam's eyes!

I've only caught one Four-spotted Footman before this year, a male in  August 2010. These are the third and fourth this year, a real surprise. Only the females have the spots but all I've caught have been males.
Last nights total was 43 micro moths of three species (41 postvittana) and 349 macro moths of 30 species, with 70% being Setaceous Hebrew Characters and Large Yellow Underwings.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 41
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 3
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 78
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 16
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 169
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 4
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2231 Aporophyla lutulenta Deep-brown Dart 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 24
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 11
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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