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.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Species List for 7/5/2014

Again the temperature remained reasonably mild with a min temp 11.1 deg C but with a moderate to fresh breeze for the SW moth activity was poor. Even so there were three new species for the year in the 15 moths that did oblige. In most years Setaceous Hebrew Characters arrive at the very end of May or the beginning of June, but in 2007 it was May 8th and in 2011and then this year May 7th. First dates for the Cabbage are similarly normally at the beginning of June and once again the earliest date of May 7th in 2011 and this year. The Broad-barred White is the third earliest I've had, one on April 24th and another on May  4th in 2007 being the only earlier records.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 NFY
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1 NFY
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

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