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, 23 May 2014

Species List For 22/5/2014

There was a moderate southerly breeze overnight, gusting to a strong breeze, and even with a min temp of 12.3 deg C it was an uninspiring catch. Just 48 moths of 21 species. There were two minors, one exhibiting all the expected characters of a Marbled Minor and the other a Tawny Marbled Minor, but since I won't be giving them the chop they will stay as Minor aggs. One of the Poplar Hawks was just one hind wing, but I have no idea what was the assassin.

17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 3    
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 2    
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 6
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 10
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

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