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, 31 October 2017

Species List for 30/10/2017

Three traps and just a single Chestnut in my old 125w Skinner.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1

Monday, 30 October 2017

Species List for 29/10/2017

I suppose three species qualifies as a list.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Species List for 28/10/2017

It seems to be winding down,but there are still a few I hope will arrive.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Species List for 27/10/2017

A clear night, with a drop in temperature brought a quieter night. I had, hopefully added my from garden 15W actinic to the mix, but it yielded just one Light Brown Apple Moth, the only one of the night. The highlight was a stunning Merveille du Jour and the first Green-brindled Crescent of the Autumn.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1 NFY
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

 Green-brindled Crescent

 Merveille du Jour

Feathered Ranunculus

Friday, 27 October 2017

Species List for 26/10/2017

Two stunningly perfect Palpita vitrealis and another Oak Rustic, were the highlights of a reasonably night. Two traps, the 125w Skinner and 125W Robinson yielded 51 moths of 21 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 5
1408 Palpita vitrealis 2
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 4
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea 1
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 2
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 3
2441 Rivula sericealis Silver Y 1
2474 Autographa gamma Straw Dot 1


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Species List for 25/10/2017

A better night with 29 moths of 19 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2119 Peridroma saucia Pearly Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 2
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1 NFY
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Species List for 24/10/2017

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Species List for 23/10/2017

Just the Robinson, but it produced a few moths including the first Oak Rustic of the year, and only the third I've caught. Altogether 17 moths of 9 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 4

Oak Rustic


Monday, 23 October 2017

Species List for 22/10/2017

I've been hoping for a Merveille du Jour for a couple of weeks. When one arrives it is a real tatty thing!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

Species List for 21/10/2017

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 20/10/2017

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1

Friday, 20 October 2017

Species List for 19/10/2017

Very windy, very wet, very few moths.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Species List for 18/10/2017

Another reasonable night with 102 moths of 32 species. A few migrants, Scarce Bordered Straw x2, Delicate, Dark Sword-grass and Palpita vitrealis, but none of  significance. The Willow Beauty, Brimstone and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were late surprises, the Brimstone and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were my latest ever and the Willow Beauty the third latest, only two in 2014 were later.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 14
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1767 Thera firmata Pine Carpet 1
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 1
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 17
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3   
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 16
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 5
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Species List for 17/10/2017

A better night with 66 moths of 24 species including the first Vestal of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 9
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 14   
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Species List for 16/10/2017

The latest result of six traps in mega migration conditions!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

Monday, 16 October 2017

Species List for 15/10/2017

Warmer weather and the anticipation generated by excitement on various groups as warm weather presumably carrying bucketfuls of rare vagrants from the south failed to deliver when the traps were opened. Only 37 moths of 13 species, and the closest to a southern rarity invasion were two Rush Veneers.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Species List for 14/10/2017

54 moths of 14 species represents a better night, although 24 were Large Yellow Underwings.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Species List for 13/10/2017

Not a good night. Just 18 moths of 10 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

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