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.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Species List for 29/05/2017

A real surprise today when I opened my 80W No1 trap and the first moth I saw was a Scarce Merveille du Jour. We're not close to any known breeding colonies and not near any extensive Oak Woodland, so is it a migrant I ask myself?

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1063 Celypha striana 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1454 Dioryctria abietella 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1   
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 4
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 30
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 16
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2277 Moma alpium Scarce Merveille du Jour 1 NFS
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 9
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout


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