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.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Species List for 19/9/2014

A foggy but mild night brought another male Four-spotted Footman and the first two Beaded Chestnuts were the stars of the day. In total there were 274 moths of 41 species.

 The male Four-spotted Footman lacks the spots of the female but is a distinctive large footman.

 The yellow and black patches at the base of the forewing are distinctive.

 Some Beaded Chestnuts are relatively plain, the small narrow kidney and pointed wings are quite distinctive.
Other examples have much more distinct radiating pale lines and look quite similar to Lunar Underwings. The dark hind wings are diagnostic in this case.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 14
1307 Agriphila latistria 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 3
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 2
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 52
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 113
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 7
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2 NFY
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 19
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 6


  1. Nice list Tony. 4-spotted Footman are a difficult species in land-locked Bedfordshire, but the turn up on a totally irregular basis from time to time. Just hoping this is the year..............cheers,

  2. I haven't had many here. and all males. Nigel Jarman, down the road at Kingsdown has had nice spotted females.


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