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.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Species List for 21/7/2014

A slightly cooler night, in fact I put a jumper on first thing. The min temp was 16.3 deg C, which would feel like a heat wave normally.647 moths of 103 species was a fantastic catch, and not a Diamond-backed moth in sight. There were some interesting new moths for the year.

 Oak Eggar (Lasiocampa quercus) are stunning, as Pam says they look very cuddly. Last time I caught a female, I sat it on the porch and within 30 minutes there was a male courting it. It didn't work today and she remained lonely.

 I've caught quite a few pyralids this week, but sadly some have been a bit battered, probably by the extreme weather that's been around,  like this Sitochroa palealis. This is only my second record here, the first was on 22/7/2004, just a day short of 10 years ago.

 This is a bit tatty as well. It is in the wrong place and it should have very long palps, but I think it is a battered Chilo phragmitella. It's the right size and I can't think what else it could be, however since it would be new I'd like opinion as to whether I'm right. I don't think that this is correct, Most likely a worn and poorly marked female Donacaula forficella, so I'm taking it off the list.


 Evergestis extimalis is not a moth I catch many of, normally one or two a year, so it is a good addition to the years total.


 This is the forth Garden Tiger of the year. The pattern of of "blobs" is like a finger print and I'm pretty sure that this is a new moth, not a re-trap.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
173 Apoda limacodes Festoon 2
424 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 16
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 4
937 Agapeta hamana 1
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 3
1063 Celypha striana 2
1183 Epiblema foenella 1
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1329 Donacaula forficella
1 NFS
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 8
1302 Crambus perlella 7
1304 Agriphila straminella 21
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1357 Evergestis extimalis 1 NFY
1370 Sitochroa palealis 1 NFY
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 2
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 2
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 4
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 3
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1483 Phycitodes binaevella 1
1637 Lasiocampa quercus Oak Eggar 1
1640 Euthrix potatoria Drinker 1 NFY
1647 Watsonalla cultraria Barred Hook-tip 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 8
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 3
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 14
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 7
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 64
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 2
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 11
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 3
1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 3
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2029 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 3
2037 Miltochrista miniata Rosy Footman 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 5
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 2
2049 Eilema depressa Buff Footman 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 73
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 1
2057 Arctia caja Garden Tiger 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 14
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 7
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 22
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 11
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 26
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 19
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 10
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 8
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 7
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2279 Acronicta aceris Sycamore 2
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 4
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 5
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 2
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 4
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 25
2323 Apamea sublustris Reddish Light Arches 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 66
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 5
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 30
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 22
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 2

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