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.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Species List for 20/10/2015

Last night before a week on the St Mary's, Isles of Scilly.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 13
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Species List for 19/10/2015

After another three days when the atrocious weather prevented any mothing I caught a few that had survived.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1

998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10

2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1

2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12

2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7

2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1

2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1

2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1

2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1

2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2

2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 2

2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4

Friday, 16 October 2015

Species List for 15/10/2015

After a no mothing day (weather) a few moths last night.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1767 Thera firmata Pine Carpet 1
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 22
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 6
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 2
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Species List for 13/10/2015



Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 11
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Species List for 12/10/2015

A catch up job! The day after I got back from a birding trip to Paraguay, I manage to fall backwards down the stairs carry a chest of draws. When I came round Pam was on the phone arranging an ambulance and I ended in Ashford hospital for a few hours. Everything seemed OK on the scans, but I was surprised to find it took me weeks, not days, to feel OK and want to sit at a computer. Such is old age!


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 23
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 7
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Monday, 12 October 2015

Species List for 11/10/2015

114 moths of 21 species. Red-line Quaker and Sallow joined the Autumn collection.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 13
1342 Eudonia angustea 0 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 26
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 30
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 6
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 6
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1  
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Species List for 10/10/2015

Another reasonable haul with 123 moths of 26 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 14
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 3
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 26
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 37
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 8
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 5  
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Species List for 9/10/2015

My first mothing in the UK since 14th September as I've been away on a birding trip to Paraguay. The number of moths in Paraguay was fantastic. In the UK, back to an Autumn mixture, 94 moths of 18 species in five traps.

 
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 24
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 18
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 23
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 5
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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