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.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Species List for 18/7/2014

An amazing evening and night with an exceptional storm and amazing sky. The near tornado conditions were caused by what is known as the Spanish Plume, where hot, Mediterranean air ramps up over cooler Atlantic air into an energy-filled atmosphere. One thing that it did seem to bring us were thousands of Diamond-backed Moths. A look at the first trap this morning quickly convinced me that I wouldn't try to count them, there were certainly hundreds and possibly over a thousand. There was enough of everything else to keep me busy for several hours. All moth totals, therefore do not include diamond-backed Moths from today, although the species is included. Today there were 646 moths of 106 species, 35 species of micros, 129 moths and 71 species of macros 517 moths. In addition there are a few in the fridge that I may get to a conclusion on sometime.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
424 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine 4
462 Ypsolopha sequella 1 NFY
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth present
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 8
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2
946 Aethes rubigana 1
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 2
994 Clepsis consimilana 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1001 Lozotaeniodes formosanus 3
1010 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 1
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 3
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 5
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 4
1063 Celypha striana 9
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1201 Eucosma cana 3
1260 Cydia splendana 10
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 2
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 16
1302 Crambus perlella 11
1304 Agriphila straminella 10
1313 Catoptria pinella 1 NFY
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 3
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1 NFY
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 2
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 4
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 2
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 4
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1640 Euthrix potatoria Drinker 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 4
1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 3
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 4
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 21
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1758 Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 6
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 8
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 3
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 2
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1 NFY
2029 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 3
2037 Miltochrista miniata Rosy Footman 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2049 Eilema depressa Buff Footman 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 37
2057 Arctia caja Garden Tiger 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 7
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 4
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 39
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 6
2098 Axylia putris Flame 7
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 31
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2110a Noctua janthina Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 16
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 20
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 18
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 4
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 4
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 5
2216 Cucullia umbratica Shark 1
2279 Acronicta aceris Sycamore 5
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 5
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 4
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2319 Cosmia pyralina Lunar-spotted Pinion 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 63
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 3
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 69
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 37
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 19
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

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