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, 6 July 2015

Species List for 5/7/2015

The very heavy morning storms obviously had a major affect and therewere only 111 moths of 44 species. The annual Hoplodrina test has begun. I thought that after Sean Clancy's paper in an early Atropos all was now clear, but now it's just as clear as mud.
SOme of the Pugs are equally confusing. If you want to voice an opinion, answers below please.

Scorched Wing - a great design!

Light Arches

 22mm Pug

 21mm Pug

 Hoplodrina 1

 Hoplodrina 2

Hoplodrina 3
Hoplodrina 4

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 3
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
874 Blastobasis lacticolella
970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1063 Celypha striana
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 8
1302 Crambus perlella
1334 Scoparia ambigualis
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1429 Melissoblaptes zelleri
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 4
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 3   
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 4
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 13
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
2098 Axylia putris Flame 8
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 2
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 3
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1


  1. Looks like Mottled Pug (top) and Green Pug. The rest I would record as Uncertain/Rustic aggs. if it were me.

    1. That's pretty much what I've done.I have had some obvious Uncertains and acouple of Rustics as well.


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