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.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Species List for 23/7/2016

Back in the days I was growing up we had no TV, computers or phones, and in the summer holidays we used to spend our time outdoors. As well as various adventure games with Russell Pierce we used to collect the local wild life, grasshoppers, butterflies etc, and watch the birds in the area. For me it became a passion, but for many years one of the missing groups, apart from finding Privet-hawk caterpillars and Woolly Bears, Garden Tiger Caterpillars. That was moths. Then around 1996 Ann Lawson and Andrew Duff did something amazing. In their garden, using a home made trap they caught a moth that had been thought to be extirpated from the UK for 30 years. I went to see this little beauty and that started me on the new hobby of Mothing. In Crayford I caught six Small Ranunculus, and of course have slide pictures of them all. We moved here in 2000 and although I had caught around 445 species of macro moths in the garden, Small Ranunculus didn't feature. You can imaging my delight then when my eyes alighted om a small Noctuid and immediately thought "that looks like a Small Ranunculus and so it proved.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0 Cnephasia sp. Cnephasia species 2
290 Caloptilia semifascia 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 29
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 6
658 Carcina quercana 1
861 Acompsia schmidtiellus 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 3
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2
937 Agapeta hamana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana 11
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 7
1302 Crambus perlella 3
1304 Agriphila straminella 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 3  
1417 Pyralis farinalis Meal Moth 3
1424 Endotricha flammealis 4
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 2
1441 Oncocera semirubella 2
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 1
1673 Hemistola chrysoprasaria Small Emerald 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 2
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 4
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 7
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 9
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 22
1758 Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 1
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 2
1830 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 2
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1884 Abraxas grossulariata Magpie Moth 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 10
1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
2029 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 16
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 9
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2098 Axylia putris Flame 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 11
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 2
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 6
2165 Hecatera dysodea Small Ranunculus 1
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 2
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 9
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 6
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 9
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 4
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 1

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