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.
Traps are now (2020 onwards) 2x 125W Robinsons, 2x 80W Skinner type and 1x 15W Actinic strip light on a Skinner type .

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, 28 February 2012

Species List for 27/2/2012

Four species and the first time I think I've caught a Tortricodes alternella. In the pot it looked OK and seemed to show some of the contrast evident on Peter Maton's photo on his blog. Now I've photographed it I'm not so sure as the lighter anterior end and darker posterior end don't show on the pictures. On We are the Campions some don't look as bi-coloured but I'd be pleased to get comments. Comments on UK-moths and here indicate the ID is OK.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1025 Tortricodes alternella ?

1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 1
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1

Tortricodes alternella

Tortricodes alternella

At least I know what the next one is!

Dotted Border

Species "List" for 26/2/2012

Just one moth, but at least it was a diifferent species today.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1 1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty 1

Oak Beauty

Monday, 27 February 2012

Species "List" for 25/2/2012

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 1

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Species "List" for 24/2/2012

After several blank tries I finally started my 2012 list. Despite the fact that I do quite well during the summer this garden is never very productive at the beginning and end of the seasons.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty 2

Pale Brindled Beauty

Pale Brindled Beauty
I won't be putting up pictures of every moth, but I thought the first two of the year were worth a show. It's a pity they are not a more photogenic species.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New for 2006!

Brindled White-spot (Parectropis similaria)

I was looking through some old pictures from June 2006, when I came across this moth that I hadn't identified. It was caught on June 7th and is undoubtedly a Bridled White Spot. I don't know why I didn't put a name to it then, but it remains the only record I have of it. It was worth looking through the old pictures!

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