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 July 2018

Species List for 30/07/2018

The weather warmed up a bit, but remained breezy. The number of moths increased, but there were few "specials". A further three Tree Lichen Beauties, brought the total to 13.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
161 Zeuzera pyrina Leopard Moth 1
0425x Yponomeuta padella/malinellus 3
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 10
644 Borkhausenia fuscescens 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 7
873 Blastobasis adustella 45
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana 1
1260 Cydia splendana 3
1262 Cydia amplana 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1292 Calamotropha paludella 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1302 Crambus perlella 7
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 28
1332 Scoparia subfusca 1   
1344 Eudonia mercurella 14
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 3
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1417 Pyralis farinalis Meal Moth 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 11
1425 Galleria mellonella Wax Moth 1
1438 Trachycera suavella 2
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1444 Pempelia obductella 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
1673 Hemistola chrysoprasaria Small Emerald 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 2
1699 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 15
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 3
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 3
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 21
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 4
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 1
1812 Eupithecia inturbata Maple Pug 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 3
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1884 Abraxas grossulariata Magpie Moth 2
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1912 Ennomos quercinaria August Thorn 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 2
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 3
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2029 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 20
2057 Arctia caja Garden Tiger 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 5
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 24
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 4
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 38
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 7
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 11
2110a Noctua janthina Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 38
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 3
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 3
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 8
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2292 Cryphia algae Tree-lichen Beauty 3
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 3
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 5
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 10
2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 3
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 175
2343a Mesapamea didyma Lesser Common Rustic 1
2360x Amphipoea oculea agg. Ear Moth agg. 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 19
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 4
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 67
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

Monday, 30 July 2018

Species List for 29/07/2018

The last day of Jack and Josh's holiday with us. It started with a Bedstraw Hawk-moyh from the q9th and ended with a Pine Hawk-moth on the 29th. Altogether last night there were 285 moths of 53 species,

464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 10
873 Blastobasis adustella 69
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1260 Cydia splendana 2
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1302 Crambus perlella 2
1304 Agriphila straminella 4
1361 Pyrausta aurata 3
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 3
1439 Trachycera advenella 1
1483 Phycitodes binaevella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1699 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 1
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1   
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1978 Hyloicus pinastri Pine Hawk-moth 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 13
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 4
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 22
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 15
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 2
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2223 Calophasia lunula Toadflax Brocade 1
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 17
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 12
2381x Hoplodrina alsines/blanda Uncertain/Rustic agg. 8
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 9
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 30
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Species List for 28/07/2018

A cool and breezy night, so different, but welcome, to the previous month. There were 440 moths of 82 species. The one surprise was a Water Veneer, a species not previously identified here. Sadly it was a corpse at the bottom of the trap.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
244 Tinea flavescentella 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 32
642 Batia unitella 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 33
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana 1
1260 Cydia splendana 3
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 2
1302 Crambus perlella 8
1304 Agriphila straminella 13
1331 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 6
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
1424 Endotricha flammealis 6
1438 Trachycera suavella 2
1439 Trachycera advenella 1   
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1637 Lasiocampa quercus Oak Eggar 1
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 1
1699 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 2
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 4
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1812 Eupithecia inturbata Maple Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 2
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2029 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 4
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 3
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 2
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 18
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 24
2092 Agrotis puta insula Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 12
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 3
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 4
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 3
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 3
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 3
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 3
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 7
2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 64
2343a Mesapamea didyma Lesser Common Rustic 1
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 20
2381x Hoplodrina alsines/blanda Uncertain/Rustic agg. 3
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 12
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 55
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 5

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Species List for 27/07/2018

 The long, hot rainless period finally ended with a large thunder storm followed by steady rain. Only one trap run, the Robinson, as the others are more vulnerable to rain. Not surprisingly they were far fewer moths than for the last couple of weeks, a Dark Sword-grass was  the best migrant.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
455 Ypsolopha scabrella 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 3
873 Blastobasis adustella 10
964a Cochylis molliculana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1302 Crambus perlella 3
1304 Agriphila straminella 11
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1   
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 2
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 5
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 4
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Friday, 27 July 2018

Species List for 26/07/2018 - updated 28/7/18

Another hot, possibly the hottest day of the year amd the moths are still numerous. In the interest of sanity we didn't count Diamond-backed Moths, the three common grass-moths and Light-brown Apple Moths. Even then we had 804 moths of 154 species. Star attractions were a male Gypsy Moth, Black Arches and five Tree-lichen Beauties.

Code Vernacular Individuals
125 Emmetia marginea 1
263 Lyonetia clerkella Apple Leaf Miner 7
420 Argyresthia pruniella Cherry Fruit Moth 1
424 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine 1
0425x Yponomeuta padella/malinellus 8
428 Yponomeuta rorrella Willow Ermine 1
455 Ypsolopha scabrella 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth
642 Batia unitella 6
0642a Metalampra italica 1   
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 6
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2
658 Carcina quercana 3
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
947 Aethes smeathmanniana 1
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 3
994 Clepsis consimilana 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth
1010 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 1
1016 Cnephasia longana 1
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 13
1038x Acleris laterana/comariana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 9
1063 Celypha striana 17
1093 Apotomis betuletana 1
1114 Eudemis porphyrana 1
1159 Rhopobota naevana Holly Tortrix 1
1233 Pammene aurita 2
1260 Cydia splendana 11
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1262 Cydia amplana 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer
1294 Crambus pascuella 1
1302 Crambus perlella
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1325 Platytes alpinella 1
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 22
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 6
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 3
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 3
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 4
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 7
1424 Endotricha flammealis 24
1425 Galleria mellonella Wax Moth 3
1438 Trachycera suavella 2
1439 Trachycera advenella 11
1444 Pempelia obductella 1
1467 Ancylosis oblitella 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis 3
1495 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1637 Lasiocampa quercus Oak Eggar 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 3
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 1
1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 1
1673 Hemistola chrysoprasaria Small Emerald 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 2
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1699 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 41
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 18
1705 Idaea fuscovenosa Dwarf Cream Wave 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 5
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 10
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 61
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 4
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 5
1811 Eupithecia tenuiata Slender Pug 1
1812 Eupithecia inturbata Maple Pug 1
1813 Eupithecia haworthiata Haworth's Pug 2
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 5
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 9
1842 Eupithecia simpliciata Plain Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 3
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet 1
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 3
1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 8
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1
2029 Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail 1
2030 Euproctis similis Yellow-tail 4
2031 Leucoma salicis White Satin 1
2033 Lymantria monacha Black Arches 1
2034 Lymantria dispar Gypsy Moth 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 26
2047 Eilema complana Scarce Footman 1
2050 Eilema lurideola Common Footman 11
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 16
2081 Euxoa tritici White-line Dart 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 11
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 31
2098 Axylia putris Flame 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 9
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 31
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 6
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 4
2155 Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 6
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 1
2279 Acronicta aceris Sycamore 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 2
2292 Cryphia algae Tree-lichen Beauty 5
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 3
2319 Cosmia pyralina Lunar-spotted Pinion 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 17
2335 Apamea scolopacina Slender Brindle 1
2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 2
2342 Mesoligia literosa Rosy Minor 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 75
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 6
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 4
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 25
2381x Hoplodrina alsines/blanda Uncertain/Rustic agg. 15
2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 8
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2418 Earias clorana Cream-bordered Green Pea 1
2422 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 3
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 10
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 4
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 2

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