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, 7 September 2015

Species List for 5/9/2015

The cold, clear night and the descent into autumn was apparent with only 27 species and 249 individuals. A single Six-striped Rustic was the first of the year of this occasional visitor to the garden, and the two Feathered Gothics were expected autumnal visitors.

 Feathered Gothic (Tholera decimalis)

Six-striped Rustic (Xestia sexstrigata)

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1305 Agriphila tristella 2
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 43
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 11
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 127
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2178 Tholera decimalis Feathered Gothic 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1   
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 23
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 10
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3

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