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.


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Species List for 30/8/2014

You would think that with 585 moths there must be something interesting, but apart from a Jersey Tiger, a species now quite commonplace and an Old Lady (I'm always pleased to catch an Old Lady) it was very mundane. A fresh Flame, the first of the late generation was.perhaps the highlight. Large Yellow Underwings and Setaceous Hebrew Characters are sill building in numbers.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 0 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 22
1305 Agriphila tristella 0 5
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 0 3
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 173
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 4
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 268
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 15
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 5
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 7
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 22
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 12
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Species List for 29/8/2014

With a minimum temperature of 16.2 deg C I did have some hopes of better things. There were 339 moths, but only 32 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 7
1309 Agriphila geniculea 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 110
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 127
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 12
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 5
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 4
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 4
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 16
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 5
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Species List for 28/8/2014

A warm night, but breezy. 382 moths of 48 species. Two Svensson's Copper Underwings complicated the ID's and were new for the year.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
246 Tinea semifulvella
1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 3
873 Blastobasis adustella
4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 25
1076 Celypha lacunana
1
1260 Cydia splendana
1
1305 Agriphila tristella
9
1309 Agriphila geniculea
2
1342 Eudonia angustea
1
1344 Eudonia mercurella
1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis
1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
3
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1832 Eupithecia assimilata Currant Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2009 Ptilodon cucullina Maple Prominent 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 97
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 7
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 10
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 132
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 13
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 2 NFY
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 5
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 22
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 5
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald 1

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Species List for 27/8/2014

More moths and a few more species than last night. Altogether there were 495 moths of 56 species, three new for the year.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 4
873 Blastobasis adustella 7
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 27
1260 Cydia splendana 3
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1 NFY
1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla White Plume Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3
1680 Cyclophora punctaria Maiden's Blush 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1816 Eupithecia linariata Toadflax Pug 1
1832 Eupithecia assimilata Currant Pug 1
1855 Eupithecia phoeniceata Cypress Pug 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 8
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2009 Ptilodon cucullina Maple Prominent 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 6
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 80
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 13
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 207
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 26
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 6
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 5
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 2 NFY
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 7
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 4
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 16
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 8
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Species List for 26/8/2014

I didn't put the traps out on the 25/8/2014 because of the awful weather. It was better last night but the catch was still disappointing with few migrants. Altogether there were 285 moths of 38 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 6
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 11
873 Blastobasis adustella 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
1309 Agriphila geniculea 6
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 72
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 13
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 78
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 11
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 5
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 10
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 12
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Species List for 24/8/2014

559 Moths of 41 species, more than half of which were Setaceous Hebrew Characters and Large Yellow Underwings.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 22
1305 Agriphila tristella 26
1309 Agriphila geniculea 5
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 7
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 4
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 2
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 4
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 5
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 2
2026 Orgyia antiqua Vapourer 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 76
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 37
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 248
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 12
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 8
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 1          NFY
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 5
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 31
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 21
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3

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