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.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Species list for 10/4/2015

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia SP  Drab sp 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

 I get lots of Clouded Drabs, and this one looks rather smaller than usual and the wings more rounded. I have wondered about Lead Drab, any opinions?

This next photo is rather over-exposed, but the antennae are visible.


  1. Hi Tony,
    The shape looks spot-on but I can't make out any details of the markings. Did you check the antennae?

  2. The antennae are NOT bipectinate, but that only the male isn't it?

  3. You're right, that's only the male and if it's a female they both look similar but if it's a male Clouded then you can determine this from the antennae. If you gently give it a few prods it will extend the antennae for you to photograph.

  4. Steve Nash says it is a Clouded Drab. This was my first instinct, but then I started to wonder.

  5. Agree. Those antennae belong to a male Clouded Drab. Better luck next time.



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