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.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Mothing at St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 25/10/2014

Just back from a week on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly. Pam and I, with Pete, Nina, Jack and Josh were able to moth each night as the weather was much better than the same week last year  We stayed at Grenofen, a house with a large garden, over looking Porth Thomas. We ran three traps, a 15W Actinic tube, resting on a pastic box, a small Actinic Heath trap and a home made collapsible 80W MV trap. In addition we had a guest trap from Sam Perfect on two nights.
The 25th  was a bit of a wild and blowy night, and consequently not spectacular, with just 70 moths. In addition Pete found a Bloxworth Snout at Porthmellon, flying in daylight. This is a RDB species and was formally a rare immigrant and now a scarce resident. Both Bloxworth Snout and White-speck were new moths for me.

Bloxworth Snout (Hypena obsitalis)

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 9
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 18
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 21
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

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