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.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Species List For 30/9/30

One of the delights of this time of year is finding one of the autumnal specials among the Large Yellow Underwings and Setaceous Hebrew Characters.Today was the turn of the fabulous Merveille du  Jour. Meaning marvel of the day it does its best to live up to its name. During October I ran four traps on 25 nights. A total of 11934 moths were caught of 150 species. Setaceous Hebrew Characters accounted for 4766 and Large Yellow Underwing 2114 of these.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 13
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 102
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 25
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 191
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 6
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2248 Dryobotodes eremita Brindled Green 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 9
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 40
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 9
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 7
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

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