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.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Species List For 19/10/2013

Four micro moths and 21 macro moths of 12 species may be indicating that it's time to reduce the number of traps I'm running.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
A few from last night.

 The eighth Scarce Bordered Straw of the year. This is the second best year that I've had, and there is still some time for more!

 I hadn't noticed the how distinctive the underside of the Scarce Bordered Straw is. I need to look at a similar view of Bordered Straw to compare the two, this is the scarcer moth of the two, in my garden.

 I was discussing what species were missing so far this year with a couple of other mothers at Hemsted Forest the other day. The Yellow-line Quaker was one of them so it's good to catch one last night.

 Autumnal Rustic has been more common this year than in any previous year, and this is the latest record I've had by seven days.

 The Silver Y has a very long season, the earliest I've ever caught was on 31st March and the latest 23rd November.
I'm still getting the tail end of Barred Sallows, my lates daye was 21st October, so it may yet be beaten this year.

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