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.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Mothing at St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 29/10/2014

Another new moth for me, a rather plain looking Pyralid, Mecyna asinalis. Three more Vestals demonstrated their variability, two more Vitrialis, one of my favourite Pyralids and first Dark Sword-grass of the week. The Lesser Yellow Underwings we caught were very distinctive, perhaps a particular Scilly colour morph. In total there were 318 moths of 34 species.We had an extra trap with Sam Perfect bringing his Heath trap to the garden.

Lesser Yellow Underwing

 Mecyna asinalis

 Rush Veneer

 Palpita vitrealis


Dark Sword-grass

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a Opogona omoscopa present
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1157 Crocidosema plebejana 6
1342 Eudonia angustea 8
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 108
1397 Mecyna asinalis 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1408 Palpita vitrealis 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 3
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 14
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 6
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 6
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 60
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2119 Peridroma saucia Pearly Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 9
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 25
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 30
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 7
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 3
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

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