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.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Species list for 29/3/2014

A warmer night, with temperatures only dropping to 12 deg C. A light Easterly breeze, veering to South overnight. Part could cover.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 6
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 16
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 7
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 11
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)

 Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)

 Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)

Teased open to show the top side of the wings, a view seldom seen in this "butterfly-like" moth.

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