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.
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, 30 August 2013

Species list for 29/8/2013 - Portland Moth

At last something to get excited about! Not much doubt about the moth of the night. My first Portland Moth was a pleasant surprise, and instantly recognisable. In total there were 45 micro moths of 15 species and 362 macro moths of 41 species.

 Portland Moth (Actebia praecox)

 Portland Moth (Actebia praecox)


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 6
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 3
1309 Agriphila geniculea 8
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 2
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 7
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 2
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 3
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 6
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 7
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 4
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 33
2099 Actebia praecox Portland Moth 1 NFS
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 9
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 15
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 80
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 65
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 19
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 5
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 3
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 14
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 38
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 10
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 12
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 1

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Species List for 28/8/2013

Again a bunch of standard records, the best was a Jersey Tiger 49 micro moths of 20 species and 285 macro moths of  44 species reflected the cooler night.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 7
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 4
1309 Agriphila geniculea 16
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 3
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 1
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 3
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 3
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 3
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 2
1784 Melanthia procellata Pretty Chalk Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1830 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 2
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 7
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2049 Eilema depressa Buff Footman 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 28
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 10
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 58
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 30
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 14
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 8
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 11
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 28
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 6
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 8
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Species List for 27/8/2013

An uneventful night with a reasonable number of moths but nothing to get excited about. Both Copper Underwings gave an identification test.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 13
873 Blastobasis adustella 3
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 3
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 4
1304 Agriphila straminella 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
1307 Agriphila latistria 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 11
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 6
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 2
1439 Trachycera advenella 5
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 9
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1830 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 1
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 1
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 7
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 14
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 18
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 59
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 16
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 9
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 2
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 4
2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 9
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 51
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 9
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Species List for 26/8/2013

Very much the same again, with lesser Broad-bordered Yellow-underwings and Flounced Rustics leading the way. 77 micro moths of  23 species and 294 macro moths of 44 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 5
426 Yponomeuta malinellus Apple Ermine 3
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 3
658 Carcina quercana 5
873 Blastobasis adustella 8
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana 1
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 11
1309 Agriphila geniculea 14
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 2
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 4
1439 Trachycera advenella 3
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 6
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 10
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 6
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1
1781 Horisme vitalbata Small Waved Umber 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 1
2037 Miltochrista miniata Rosy Footman 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 10
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 12
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 8
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 51
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 18
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 3
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 6
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 1
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 6
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 6
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 6
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 66
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 8
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

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