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, 4 October 2013

Species List for 3/10/2013

A couple more migrants, a first Scarce Bordered Straw for the year and a second Pearly Underwing. My apples my be riddled given the number of postvittana I'm catching. Other than that just one more micro moth and 287 macro moths, ( 148 Setaceous Hebrew Characters) but only 22 Species.

 Scarce Bordered Straw, a scarce immigrant, but one that has featured strongly here previously, I trapped 163 in the invasion of 2006.

 From this view it is difficult to see one of the best features of a Pearly underwing that can bee been without opening up the wing.

 Pearly Underwings have a really striking "Punk" hairstyle, still fashionable in some continental football teams!

A Dark Chestnut, showing the slightly hook shaped wing, on the left side. Unfortunately there's a bit of damage on the right side.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 46
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 54
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 17
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2119 Peridroma saucia Pearly Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 148
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 9
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 14
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 14
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 4
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1


  1. I've heard the hairstyle described before but a picture paints a thousand words, hope you don't mind me ripping off your picture, I'd like to put it alongside a similar shot of a Turnip Moth. Cheers Tony

    1. Sure Trent, that's fine, a link and a credit would be good (:

  2. Cheers Tony, I've added the pics to my last blog post 4th oct, quite a good comparison. Turnip doesn't have the elongated hairdo at the back.
    Can't wait to have the chance to compare in the field (garden) as I haven't recorded P.U'wing but may have overlooked it before


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