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.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Species List for 1/10/2013 - Humming-bird Hawk-moth

A couple of surprises last night. A male Gem and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth broke what has became a bit of a repetitive few days.

This Hummingbird Hawk-moth was only the fifth to find itself inside any of my traps. Most records are of moths nectaring in the sunshine.

This is the second Gem of this year and the eighth I've caught since I've been here. As in most of my records, it is a male.
In total last night there were 26 micro moths of four species and 384 macro moths of 29 Species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 22
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1425 Galleria mellonella Wax Moth 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1720 Orthonama obstipata Gem 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 7
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 3
1984 Macroglossum stellatarum Humming-bird Hawk-moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 86
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 19
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 169
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 7
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 43
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 6
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1


  1. Nice catch Tony,
    I've never seen a HBH-m 'in the hand' and Gem is high on my hit list for this year. It's been a pretty good migrant year so far in VC30 (Beds.), l hope it continues....ATB

  2. Hi Matt, Hummers are strange, so charismatic when flying but nondescript when perched.


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