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, 3 May 2015

Species List for 2/5/2015

My last mothing until June 1st, providing BA get me back from China on time, turned out to be another disappointing catch.

Code Taxon Ve rnacular Individuals
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 6
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Species List for 1/5/2015

The minimum temperature was 8.1 deg C. Streamer and Flame Shoulder were new for the year. I don't catch many Streamers, about three per year, but 78% have been in April, the average date being the 11th. There are also several blank years, perhaps too cold?
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3

Friday, 1 May 2015

Species List for 30/4/2015

The last day of April, and almost the last day for me for a while. I'll miss most of May but will be back for some goodies in June. Almost a heatwave with a minimum of 7.0 deg.C. A welcome bit of colour from the Brimstone Moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 6
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Species List for 29/4/2015

Slightly warmer overnight, minimum 5.3 deg C.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Species List for 28/4/2015

Another night when the temperature fell to 3.9 deg C. This time it was the 125W MV  that was empty.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Species List for 27/4/2015

All four traps on, but the Actinic "zero'ed". The temperature fell to 3.9 deg C.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 5

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