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.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Species List for 01/7/2016

After a night off this still was poor. We'd been out until late and normally at this time of year, driving down Dover Road to the village dozens of moths are picked out by the headlights. I can honestly say I saw not a one. At home the traps had all swithced one, but failed to attract very much.

Taxon Vernacular Individuals
Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
Celypha striana 2
Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 5
Crambus perlella 1
Scoparia ambigualis 2
Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 1
Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 4
Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 8
Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 25
Axylia putris Flame 1
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 23
Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 1
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 3  
Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1

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