Mothing at The Hidden House, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Tony Morris


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, 14 August 2018

Species List for 12/08/2018

It was good to get a new moth for the site, a Clay Triple-lines, especially as it fills a surprising gap. Two other NFY moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
0425x Yponomeuta padella/malinellus 3
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 5
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 18
935 Cochylimorpha alternana 1
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 25
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 16
1305 Agriphila tristella 22
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1344 Eudonia mercurella 7
1361 Pyrausta aurata 2
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 2
1385 Ebulea crocealis 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 9   
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 7
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
1681 Cyclophora linearia Clay Triple-lines 1 NFS
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 3
1705 Idaea fuscovenosa Dwarf Cream Wave 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1781 Horisme vitalbata Small Waved Umber 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 2 NFY
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 6
1832 Eupithecia assimilata Currant Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 24
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 8
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 5
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 10
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 14
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 21
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 8
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 16
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2110a Noctua janthina Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 36
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 54
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 2
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 8
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 25
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2303 Thalpophila matura Straw Underwing 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 2
2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 51
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 16
2369 Nonagria typhae Bulrush Wainscot 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 51
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 31
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2



Sunday, 12 August 2018

Species List for 11/08/2018

It was surprising to find a return to over 500 moths, although only the third Golden Twin-spot of the year was really notable.In all there were 506 moths of 64 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1 15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
2 453 Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth 1
3 464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
4 647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
5 658 Carcina quercana 1
6 873 Blastobasis adustella 20
7 998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
8 1260 Cydia splendana 2
9 1304 Agriphila straminella 5
10 1305 Agriphila tristella 13
11 1344 Eudonia mercurella 4
12 1348 Parapoynx stratiotata Ringed China-mark 1
13 1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 4
14 1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
15 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
16 1439 Trachycera advenella 3
17 1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
18 1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
19 1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
20 1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2   
21 1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
22 1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 2
23 1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
24 1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
25 1781 Horisme vitalbata Small Waved Umber 1
26 1812 Eupithecia inturbata Maple Pug 1
27 1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
28 1830 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 1
29 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 6
30 1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
31 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
32 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 4
33 1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
34 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
35 2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
36 2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 3
37 2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 41
38 2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
39 2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 3
40 2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 22
41 2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 6
42 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
43 2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
44 2110a Noctua janthina Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 3
45 2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 33
46 2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
47 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 49
48 2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 15
49 2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
50 2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 11
51 2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
52 2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
53 2303 Thalpophila matura Straw Underwing 1
54 2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
55 2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
56 2341 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor 1
57 2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 66
58 2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 15
59 2381x Hoplodrina alsines/blanda Uncertain/Rustic agg. 1
60 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 51
61 2428 Chrysodeixis chalcites Golden Twin-spot 1
62 2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 48
63 2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2
64 2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 4

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Species List for 10/08/2018

Another quiet night with 163 moths of 36 species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1304 Agriphila straminella 5
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 17
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 4
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 12
2092 Agrotis puta puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1   
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 19
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 22
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 4
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 18
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 7
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Friday, 10 August 2018

Species List for 09/08/2018

The change in weather was reflected in the drop in moth numbers. There were just 182 moths of 35 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 6
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1260 Cydia splendana 2
1304 Agriphila straminella 7
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 22
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2   
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 12
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 20
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 25
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 9
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 10
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 18
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 13
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Species List for 08/08/2018

Amuch cooler night with 489 moths of 64 species, with just one micro NFY.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 3
873 Blastobasis adustella 25
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 3
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1302 Crambus perlella 2
1304 Agriphila straminella 8
1305 Agriphila tristella 4
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1 NFY
1344 Eudonia mercurella 6
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1417 Pyralis farinalis Meal Moth 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 3
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 7   
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 2
1812 Eupithecia inturbata Maple Pug 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 2
1830 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 3
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 43
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 12
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 35
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2110a Noctua janthina Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 32
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 39
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 11
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 4
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 7
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 3
2292 Cryphia algae Tree-lichen Beauty 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 73
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 21
2381x Hoplodrina alsines/blanda Uncertain/Rustic agg. 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 24
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 40
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 4
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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