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, 30 September 2018

Species List for 29/09/2018

A cols night with the temeperature down to 7deg C. Still 140 moths of 25 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1767 Thera firmata Pine Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 21
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 9
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 2   
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 9
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 7
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 56
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Species List for 28/09/2018

Five traps and a reasonable selection of 185 moths of 26 species. The first Blair's Shoulder-knot and another Clancy's Rustic were the best.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 5
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 29
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 13
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 15
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1 NFY
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2   
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 16
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 79
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Friday, 28 September 2018

Species List for 27/09/2018

All five traps, hoping the very warm day would encourage a few more moths. In total there were 148 of 27 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1 NFY
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 26
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 15
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 16
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6   
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 7
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 41
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Species List for 26/09/2018

108 moths of just 14 species. Three traps run.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 18
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 14
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 48

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Species List for 25/09/2018

A welcome improvement with 102 moths of 24 species, and two NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 12
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2 NFY
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 11
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1 NFY
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 30   
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Species List for 24/09/2018

Now down to three traps, the two 80W not used. Just 35 moths of 9 species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 22

Monday, 24 September 2018

Species List for 23/09/2018

After another night off for th weather a p[oor night, maybe it will be an early finish to the mothing year. Just 45 moths of seven species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1 998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
3 2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
4 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
5 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
6 2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
7 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 34

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Species List for 21/09/2018

After a night off for rain that didn't arrive, but high winds that did a very poor return. Just 116 moths of  16 speices and only Lunar Underwing making a show.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1063 Celypha striana 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 43
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 16
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 33
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Species List for 19/09/2018

The blustery weather continued. 236 moths of just 24 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1063 Celypha striana 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1894 Chiasmia clathrata Latticed Heath 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 101
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 26
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 35
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 7
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 26
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1   
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 9
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Species List for 18/09/2018

397 moths of 35 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1 977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
2 998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
3 1063 Celypha striana 1
4 1309 Agriphila geniculea 6
5 1342 Eudonia angustea 1
6 1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 4
7 1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
8 1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
9 1894 Chiasmia clathrata Latticed Heath 1
10 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
11 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
12 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
13 1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
14 2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 8
15 2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
16 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 154
17 2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 33
18 2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 12
19 2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 7
20 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 80   
21 2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 13
22 2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 5
23 2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
24 2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 4
25 2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 1
26 2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
27 2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
28 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 17
29 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
30 2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
31 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 9
32 2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
33 2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
34 2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 3
35 2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Species List for 17/09/2018

A windy night with gusts up to 40mph. The skinner had some plastic sheets blown up, but still contained a good number of moths. In total there were 282 moths of 36 species. There were two NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 5
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1356a Evergestis limbata 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 3
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 95
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 17   
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 69
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 14
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 6
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2231 Aporophyla lutulenta Deep-brown Dart 1 NFY
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2271 Xanthia citrago Orange Sallow 1 NFY
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 9
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

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