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.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Species List for 26/04/2017

Our winter weather has reduced mothing to a very low point. I am going to be otherwise occupied for the next four weeks, Hopefully when I resume mothing at the end of May it will be better. Best of luck to those mothing in our late winter.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Species List for 25/04/2017

Another poor night, but yet again a moth on the earliest date I've caught the species, this time a Large Yellow Underwing.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Species List for 24/04/2017

When I walked round the garden last night it felt cold enough to snow. Not a good night for moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

Monday, 24 April 2017

Species List for 23/04/2017

Although there are still very few moths venturing out in the cold air stream there was another species on the earliest date caught here, this time the very common Heart and Dart. The previous earliest date was 26th April 2011, although in total there are very few April records, and then only irregularly until June.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 8

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Species List for 22/04/2017

14 moths of eight species.

Code
Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Species List for 21/04/2017

Another early Least Dark Arches, a pristine Powdered Quaker and an odd Twin-spotted Quaker were the highlights of this 34 moth extravaganza..

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 13
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 8
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

  Twin-spotted Quaker

 Powdered Quaker


 Least Black Arches

Species List for 20/04/2017

At least each trap had at least one moth in it!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 7
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 4

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Species List for 19/04/2017

Two empty traps, can it get worse?

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4

Species List for 18/04/2017

Getting to the point where cold equals no moths. One empty trap.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Species List for 17/04/2017

!6 Moths, of eight species, four traps, but my 80W MV no2 drew a blank.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Monday, 17 April 2017

Species List for 16/04/2017

Four traps, fourteen moths of seven species. Why do we bother?

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Species List for 15/04/2017

Just 18 moths of eight species,with Pale Tussock being the first of the year, and the only April record I have for this species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 8
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

 Large Tussock




Saturday, 15 April 2017

Species List for 14/04/2017

A disappointing 17 moths of just five species from the four traps.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 9
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Friday, 14 April 2017

Species List for 13/04/2017

Two new for the year, the Grey Shoulder-knot was only the third I've caught here.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 7
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 11
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2237 Lithophane ornitopus Grey Shoulder-knot 1 NFY
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald 1

 Shuttle-shaped Dart

 Grey Shoulder-knot

Herald

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Species List for 12/04/2017

Three new species for the year, although numbers remain small.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 2
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 13
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7


Waved Umber 

 White Ermine

V-pug

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Species List for 11/04/2017

A cold night, a clear sky with a very bright moon and very few moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Species List for 10/04/2017

The Angle Shades was the first of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 3
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1 NFY

Monday, 10 April 2017

Species List for 09/04/2017

The Earliest Eyed Hawk-moth I've caught here, by 15 days, and the second earliest Herald.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 16
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 9
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 3
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald 1 NFY


Species List for 08/04/2017

The Brimstone was the second earliest I've caught. Only one on the 6th in 2007  was earlier and I have very few April records.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1 NFY
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 17
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Species List for 07/04/2017


The first Dotted Border of the year, and in fact the first since 2013.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 7
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 5
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 3

Friday, 7 April 2017

Species List for 06/04/2017

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 16
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 11
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 4

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Species List for 05/04/2017

Three new species for the year. Although Eudonia angustea can be a year round species this is the earliest I've seen one here. The Least Black Arches is also the earliest I've caught one, this time by 11 days. The Streamer is the forth earliest I've caught, just three days later than the earliest date.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1342 Eudonia angustea 2 NFY
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 4
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1 NFY
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 20
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 11
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1


 Streamer

 Eudonia angustea

Least Black Arches

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Species List for 04/04/2017

Still a small collection, including a rather tatty Mottled Grey.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1775 Colostygia multistrigaria Mottled Grey 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 8
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 7
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 3

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Species List for 03/04/2017

Another night that indicates that moths, or very few moths fly in the fog. Only two out of four traps held a single moth in the morning.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

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