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.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Species List for 27/8/2015

This is the first time since the Birdfair that the rain has relented enough for me to have the inclination to set up my traps and run as usual. Was it worth it? A Jersey Tiger was good to see, but more than 50% of the 213 moths were Setaceous Hebrew Characters and there was not much of interest in the rest.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 23
1063 Celypha striana
1
1305 Agriphila tristella
5
1309 Agriphila geniculea
3
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 5
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 110
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2   
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Lyddington, Species List for 22/8/2015

Three traps on the third night.Over the three nights we caught 1057 moths of 71 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
937 Agapeta hamana
1
1304 Agriphila straminella
3
1305 Agriphila tristella
19
1309 Agriphila geniculea
1
1316 Catoptria falsella
2
1344 Eudonia mercurella
2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata
1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 9
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 1
1894 Chiasmia clathrata Latticed Heath 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 9
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 12
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 157
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 41   
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 25
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 18
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 9
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 22
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2293 Cryphia domestica Marbled Beauty 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 6
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 9
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 15
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3

Lyddington, Species List for 21/8/2015

The secondday at the B&B. Only two traps. We managed a few moths that ended up in the Butterfly Conservation exhibit trap at the Birdfair. The Thorns were as always popular.




Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1038 Acleris laterana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 4
1305 Agriphila tristella 33
1309 Agriphila geniculea 4
1316 Catoptria falsella 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 6
1439 Trachycera advenella 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1673 Hemistola chrysoprasaria Small Emerald 1
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1884 Abraxas grossulariata Magpie Moth 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1913 Ennomos alniaria Canary-shouldered Thorn 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 3
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 14
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 106
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 21
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 19
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 12
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 4
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 5
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 7
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 3
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 6

Lyddington, Species List for 20/8/2015

Three days British Birdfair gave us the opertunity for three nights mothing at Lyddington.The B&B has a spectacular garden and we ran three traps, a 125W and a 15W actinic in "Skinner type" traps, and on the first and third nights, a Heath Actinic Trap. Large Yellow Underwings were dominant.



Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
658 Carcina quercana
1
937 Agapeta hamana
1
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
1260 Cydia splendana
1
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 2
1304 Agriphila straminella
17
1305 Agriphila tristella
6
1348 Parapoynx stratiotata Ringed China-mark 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata
1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 21
1680 Cyclophora punctaria Maiden's Blush 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1884 Abraxas grossulariata Magpie Moth 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 5
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 3
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 31   
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 163
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 19
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 11
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 24
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 13
2192 Mythimna conigera Brown-line Bright Eye 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2293 Cryphia domestica Marbled Beauty 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 14
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 7
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Species List for 18/8/2015

A poor night with just 270 moths of 47 species A few days off now, while we are at the Birdfair
 at Rutland.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
455 Ypsolopha scabrella
1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
873 Blastobasis adustella
8
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1302 Crambus perlella
1
1304 Agriphila straminella
4
1305 Agriphila tristella
14
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1424 Endotricha flammealis
1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1   
2081 Euxoa tritici White-line Dart 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 16
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 41
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 66
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 6
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 3
2303 Thalpophila matura Straw Underwing 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 22
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 11
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 9
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Species List for 17/8/2015

One of my favourite pyralids,Conobathra tumidana, put in a third appearance here, the others in Aug 2004 and Aug2009. In total 584 moths of around 72 species.
 
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0 Cnephasia sp. Cnephasia species 1
263 Lyonetia clerkella Apple Leaf Miner 3
455 Ypsolopha scabrella
1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella
21
970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 21
1038 Acleris laterana
1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana
5
1302 Crambus perlella
2
1304 Agriphila straminella
10
1305 Agriphila tristella
44
1309 Agriphila geniculea
1
1344 Eudonia mercurella
4
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 3
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 10
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1424 Endotricha flammealis
1
1435 Conobathra tumidana
1   
1439 Trachycera advenella
3
1444 Pempelia obductella
1
1470 Euzophera pinguis
2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
4
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 2
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 4
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 8
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 12
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 2
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 5
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 5
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 4
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 17
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 14
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 28
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 54
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 115
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 7
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 4
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2292 Cryphia algae Tree-lichen Beauty 1
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 11
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 13
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 4
2319 Cosmia pyralina Lunar-spotted Pinion 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 5
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 54
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 10
2381x Hoplodrina alsines/blanda Uncertain/Rustic agg. 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 8
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 5
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2418 Earias clorana Cream-bordered Green Pea 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 7

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