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.


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Species List for 30/08/2017

After a warm day the temperature plummeted and a cold, damp night saw a crash in the number of moths. Although there were still 559, there were only 23 species and 68.2% were  Setaceous Hebrew Characters and 18.1% Large Yellow Underwings. A Scarce Bordered Straw was the 40th this year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 5
1305 Agriphila tristella 14
1309 Agriphila geniculea 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 101
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 381
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 1   
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 16
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 4
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Species List for 29/08/2017

I think that this is only the second time I've caught over 1000 moths (other than Diamond-backed Moths), and 663 Setaceous Hebrew Characters was a record. There were 1015 moths of only 52 species, but including a Loxostege sticticalis, only the third I've caught.In addition there was a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring round the garden.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 5
0425z Yponomeuta malinellus/cagnagella Yponomeuta malinellus/cagnagella sp. 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 20
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 4
1305 Agriphila tristella 21
1309 Agriphila geniculea 18
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1368 Loxostege sticticalis 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 3
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1   
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 7
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 3
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 6
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 137
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 663
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 14
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 5
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 21
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 19
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 3
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2
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Loxostege sticticalis

Species List for 28/08/2017

955 moths 0f 53 species, including 529 Setaceous Hebrew Characters. The first Large thorn of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
0425z Yponomeuta malinellus/cagnagella Yponomeuta malinellus/cagnagella sp. 2
658 Carcina quercana 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 5
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 58
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1063 Celypha striana 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 9
1305 Agriphila tristella 28
1309 Agriphila geniculea 20
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 2
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 4
1439 Trachycera advenella 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 3
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 4
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 3
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 4
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 4
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 28
1911 Ennomos autumnaria Large Thorn 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 5
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 8
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 114
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 7
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 7
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 529
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 13
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 6
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 14
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 16
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 8
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 3
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Large Thorn

Monday, 28 August 2017

Species List for 27/08/2017

Two more Scarce Bordered Straws brought years the total to 34. Altogether there were 651 moths of 53 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 17
1303 Agriphila selasella 9
1305 Agriphila tristella 25
1309 Agriphila geniculea 4
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1425 Galleria mellonella Wax Moth 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3
1680 Cyclophora punctaria Maiden's Blush 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1
1816 Eupithecia linariata Toadflax Pug 1   
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 3
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 4
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 5
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 91
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 7
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 375
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 15
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 4
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 17
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 8

Species List for 26/08/2017

Looking at some photographs I've taken in the last week or so I realise that I need to look very carefully at the "Spectacles" as some of the Dark Spectacles are paler than I have been used to. In total 804 moths of 60 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
   15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 4

658 Carcina quercana 1

873 Blastobasis adustella 12

998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 25

1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 3

1076 Celypha lacunana 1

1302 Crambus perlella 2

1303 Agriphila selasella 13

1304 Agriphila straminella 2

1305 Agriphila tristella 30

1309 Agriphila geniculea 5

1342 Eudonia angustea 1

1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2

1357 Evergestis extimalis 1

1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1

1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1

1465 Nephopterix angustella 1

1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3

1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 2

1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 3   

1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 4

1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 2

1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1

1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1

1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 3

1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 2

1838 Eupithecia icterata Tawny Speckled Pug 1

1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 12

1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2

1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 5

1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 6

2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1

2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1

2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1

2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1

2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3

2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 4

2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 91

2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1

2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1

2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 11

2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 12

2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 462

2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 12

2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3

2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1

2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1

2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3

2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 2

2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2

2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 2

2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 12

2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1

2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 18

2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1

2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1

2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2

2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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