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.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Species List for 12/8/2014

Setaceous Hebrew characters are becoming the dominant moth in the traps and scored an exact ton today. Altogether there were 228 moths of 38 species.Epiblema scutulana was new for the site. There will be a break of a few days in my Hidden House mothing while a weekend at Rutland takes place. If you are going to the birdfair I'll be there for at least two of the days, a message at the Birquest stand will reach me. I hope to do some mothing at our B&B at Lyddington. Hopefully we might catch something different.

 Looking at the "Bird Droppings" book, I think this is Epiblema scutulana.

 Common Wainscot has been in short supply this year.

Trachycera suavella showing the square white spot between the "shoulder blades", a character not usually mentioned in guides.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 9
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1184 Epiblema scutulana 1 NFS
1260 Cydia splendana 4
1304 Agriphila straminella 4
1305 Agriphila tristella 2
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1438 Trachycera suavella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 28
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 100
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 7
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

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