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, 2 October 2014

Species List for 1/10/2014

Ben remarked the other day that I was catching a lot more moths than he is at the moment. The main reason is that I'm still running five traps. The house sits surrounded by bits of gardens, of various sizes. Fortunately because of hedges and trees I am able to run 4 MV traps without affecting any neighbours. That's useful as we have a total of 11 of them. The yellow line marks out the borders (not as wobbly as I've drawn it).


Trap 1 is an 80W MV trap of an odd design. It is a box of the standard Skinner type size, and fitted in that way, but with a solid top with a large funnel with the bulb set in the funnel. The electrics came from an old abandoned large strip light, with a 75W ballast, that runs an 80W bulb OK. It is in an area of shrubs and trees and occasional does quite well despite not being visible for a great distance.
Trap 2 is a home made Skinner with a 125W MV lamp and electrics from ALS. It is in the biggest area of garden and is often the best trap, but fares badly when it's windy.
Trap 3 is in our side garden, and is well sheltered. It is pretty much identical to trap one in construction, it has at times had the largest catch.
Trap 4 is a 15W Actinic Trap. It is our small front garden and taps why I don't run an MV here. Often has the smallest catch, but can have moths not caught else where.
Trap 5 is in a small garden which has a greenhouse and a small vegetable patch. It is a smallish plastic box with a funnel in a plywood top. It has an 80W MV lamp with similar electrics to the other two 80W traps. I knocked up as a temporary effort when I realised Pam's greenhouse was attracting moths but I haven't got round to making something better.
 Back to Last night's mothing.
Lots of Lunar Underwings, but nothing particularly exciting. In total there were 248 moths of 30 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
658 Carcina quercana 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 16
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 18
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 52
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 13
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 102
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 4
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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