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.


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Species List for 22/5/2019

A bit quieter with 44 moths of 20 species, but with a new moth for the site (NFS) a Dwarf Pug, and four more NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1857 Eupithecia tantillaria Dwarf Pug 1 NFS
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 6
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1 NFY
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1   

Dwarf Pug

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Species List for 21/5/2019

A reasonable night with six NFY and 52 moths of 29 species. Highlights were the third White Spot of the year, a stunning Netted Pug, and  Dusky Hook-tip, a rare immigrant, that disappeared as I started to set it up for a photograph and then appeared on the window as it was getting dark, and allowed a quick snap in the twilight.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
714 Agonopterix yeatiana 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1649 Drepana curvatula Dusky Hook-tip 1 NFY
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1 NFY
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1 NFY
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1823 Eupithecia venosata Netted Pug 1 NFY
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 3
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1867 Aplocera plagiata Treble-bar 1 NFY
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3   
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2172 Hadena albimacula White Spot 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

 Pale Tussock

 Broad-barred White, getting a bit worn.

 White-point, a very worn individual

 White Spot, the third of the year.

 Netted Pug, probably the best pug in the world

 Mullein Wave, yet another tatty NFY

 Common Wave

 Treble-bar

 Common Pug

 Agonopterix yeatiana

Dusky Hook-tip

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Species List for 20/5/2019

A better night with 51 moths of 32 species . An Eyed Hawk-moth was one of six NFY. Modifies to include Angle-barred Pug.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1 NFY
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1848 Eupithecia innotata Angle-barred Pug 1 NFY
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 2
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1889 Macaria notata Peacock Moth 1 NFY
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 9
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1   
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 NFY
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1 NFY
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2

 Red Twin-spot Carpet

 Peacock Moth

  Peacock Moth

 Eyed Hawk-moth

 Setaceous Hebrew Character

Rustic Shoulder-knot

Angle-barred Pug

Monday, 20 May 2019

Species List for 19//5/2019

Back to what has become normal with 32 moths of 14 species. A special day though, with the first Hawk-moth of the year, a fine Poplar Hawk-moth. In total there were three NFY, including two micro species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 5
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1 NFY
656 Tachystola acroxantha 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2

  Tachystola acroxantha

White-shouldered House Moth

Poplar Hawk-moth

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Species List for 18//5/2019

A much better night with 65 moths of 32 species, including six NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1 NFY
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 6
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1 NFY
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 4   
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1 NFY
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1 NFY
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 5
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

 Peach Blosson

Buff-tip 

 Orange Footman

 Flame

 CommonWainscot

Bee Moth

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Species List for 17//5/2019

A slightly milder, overcast night brought a few goodies. Unfortunately the Chocolate Tip mysteriously vanished as I emptied the trap.  In total 36 moths of 19 species, including 4 NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1 NFY
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1808 Perizoma flavofasciata Sandy Carpet 1 NFY
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
2019 Clostera curtula Chocolate-tip 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1

 Spruce Carpet

  Spruce Carpet

 Common Pug

 Lime-speck Pug

 Sandy Carpet

Garden Pebble

Species List for 16//5/2019

The NE breeze continue. 19 moths of 13 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2235 Lithophane semibrunnea Tawny Pinion 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1

 Waved Umber

 Turnip

 Tawny Pinion

 Common Swift

Treble Lines

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Species List for 15//5/2019

Still Brass Monkey weather, and just 22 moths of 15 species in five traps. There were however four
NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1 NFY
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1 NFY

 Common Swift

 Vine's Rustic

 Willow Beauty

Chinese Character

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