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.


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Species List for 29/6/2015

No Mishaps, so five traps got through  the night. 151 moths from 51 species, four NFY.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 5
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2 NFY
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1063 Celypha striana 4
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 8
1333 Scoparia pyralella 2
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 3
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 2
1654 Tethea ocularis Figure of Eighty 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 4
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1   
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 3
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 8
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 15
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 27
2098 Axylia putris Flame 6
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 1 NFY
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 1 NFY
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 4
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 4
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2403 Heliothis peltigera Bordered Straw 1
2422 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Monday, 29 June 2015

Species List for 28/6/2015

 Last weekend were the two days of our Village Safari. This year there were 27 gardens (a bit down) and as usual we had our garden open and I had a small display of mothing. Luckily I had quite a few moths to show, it's amazing how few people have ever seen a Privet Hawk-moth. However the result was we left a gate open, between two bits of the garden last night. My Actinic trap was turned over this morning and the tube smashed, to Pam's consternation, her little bed of carrots had been completely dug up. One of the badgers had paid a visit. I think the cable for my trap must Have been across its path and  it accidently tangled with it and pulled the trap over. The carrots were nno accident though!So I was a trap down, and caught 172 moths of 48 speices, with four new for the year.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 12
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
787 Bryotropha terrella 2
937 Agapeta hamana 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
1002 Lozotaenia forsterana 1
1063 Celypha striana 4
1201 Eucosma cana 1 NFY
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 7
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1421 Aglossa pinguinalis Large Tabby 1 NFY
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 2
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 12
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 2 NFY
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2   
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 7
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 12
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 32
2098 Axylia putris Flame 5
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 2
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 4
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 2
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 4
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 4
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 1 NFY
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 2
2422 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Species List for 27/6/2015

A fair night with 208 moths from 55 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 14
420 Argyresthia pruniella Cherry Fruit Moth 1 NFY
937 Agapeta hamana    2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1063 Celypha striana 4
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 6
1302 Crambus perlella 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1 NFY
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 5
1458 Myelois circumvoluta Thistle Ermine 1
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 4
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1827 Eupithecia intricata Freyer's Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2   
1839 Eupithecia succenturiata Bordered Pug 1 NFY
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1 NFY
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 6
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 3
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 3
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 8
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 18
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 34
2098 Axylia putris Flame 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 9
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 12
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 3
2327 Apamea epomidion Clouded Brindle 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 4
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2403 Heliothis peltigera Bordered Straw 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 3
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Species List for 26/6/2015

Despite the warmer weather a slightly disappointly night with 124 moths of 36 species. Two NFY.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 9
672 Depressaria heraclei Parsnip Moth 1
787 Bryotropha terrella 1
937 Agapeta hamana 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1063 Celypha striana 2
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1294 Crambus pascuella 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 0 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 2
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1765 Cidaria fulvata Barred Yellow 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 5
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 5
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 5
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 6
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 32
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1   
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 15
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 4
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Species List for 25/6/2015

A moderate night with 127 moths of 46 species. Four new species for the year.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 1
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 5
787 Bryotropha terrella 1
970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1002 Lozotaenia forsterana 1
1063 Celypha striana 2
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 2
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 4
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1827 Eupithecia intricata Freyer's Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 1
1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 3   
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 11
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 34
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 7
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2403 Heliothis peltigera Bordered Straw 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 2
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald 1 NFY

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