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, 12 November 2014

Mothing at St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 31/10/2014

A windy night and therefore few moths, just 36 of ten species. In addition Jack found a Convoluvulus Hawk moth on a cottage wall down the road.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 2
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 13
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

 The various "traps" used over the week varied from the sophisiticated to the crude.

 I brought the Actinic tube and el;ectrics with the intention of finding a cardboard box in the shop to make a temporary trap, but on the way up from the Scillonian I found this plastic box in the dust-bin enclosure on Porth Mellon beach. During the week it attracted 384 moths of 27 species.


 A collapsible garden waste container, a piece of thin ply and a sawn off plastic funnel were the basis for this 80W MV trap. The electrics were taken from an old strip light and the cheapest waterproof box I could find. I fixed it on my tripod at night. It was usually higher than this, but I lowered it in the high wind. This is a "Heath Robinson" trap (my joke!). Rather disappointing in it's performance, as it missed all the real goodies, but did have the Mecyna asinalis, a tick for me. I placed it a sheltered part of the garden, where the light didn't shine in any windows, possible it was too hidden for the best results. During the week it attracted 341 moths of 28 species.

Pete, Jack and Josh's Heath trap came up with the goods, including the Slender Burnished Brass, Speckled Crimson and one of the Convolvulus Hawk-moths (the one today was on the wall of the cottage down the road where our friends, Alex, Jason and Katie, were staying). I was in a prime position, and although the vanes are nor good in high wind, it was well sheltered and stable.A clear view across the sea probably made it the number one target. During the week it attracted 491 moths of 38 species.


Sam's Heath trap was on site on the 29th and 30th, During two days it attracted 94 moths of 17 species.

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