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, 5 November 2014

Mothing at St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 27/10/2014

One of the most exciting mothing sessions I can remember, not least because of the enthusiasm of Jack and Josh, surely amongst the most knowledgeable naturalists for their ages.In total there were 248 moths, including one mega, one very rare, a scarce hawk-moth in  a total of nine migrant species. Jack found the Hawk-moth by the trap and Josh quickly added to the excitement by finding the Crimson Speckled on the decking by their Heath Trap. As they emptied the trap Jack immediately recognised the Slender Burnished Brass, probably the rarest moth of the trip.

 Crimson Speckled (Utetheisa pulchella)

 Crimson Speckled (Utetheisa pulchella)

 Palpita vitrealis

 Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria)

 Delicate (Mythimna vitellina)

 Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli)

Slender Burnished Brass (Thysanoplusia orichalcea)

Slender Burnished Brass (Thysanoplusia orichalcea)


0278a Opogona omoscopa present
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1157 Crocidosema plebejana 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 4
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 63
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 2
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1
2054 Utetheisa pulchella Crimson Speckled 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 11
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 44
2119 Peridroma saucia Pearly Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 7
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 24
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 47
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 7
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 2
2433 Thysanoplusia orichalcea Slender Burnished Brass 1

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