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.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Species List for 30/05/2017

Angle-barred Pug was new for the site, but most probably one I've overlooked previously.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 3
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
937 Agapeta hamana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1654 Tethea ocularis Figure of Eighty 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1784 Melanthia procellata Pretty Chalk Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1848 Eupithecia innotata Angle-barred Pug 1 NFS
1867 Aplocera plagiata Treble-bar 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 4
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1   
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 9
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 27
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 7
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Species List for 29/05/2017

A real surprise today when I opened my 80W No1 trap and the first moth I saw was a Scarce Merveille du Jour. We're not close to any known breeding colonies and not near any extensive Oak Woodland, so is it a migrant I ask myself?

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1063 Celypha striana 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1454 Dioryctria abietella 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1   
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 4
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 30
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 16
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2277 Moma alpium Scarce Merveille du Jour 1 NFS
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 9
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Species List for 28/05/2017

Four Traps on, and threy all survived the most amazing electric storm I've seem in the UK, it was as if Id' brought the weather from Costa Rica. A beautiful Small Elephant Hawk-moth was appreciated by Sam and Eliot.

Code
Taxon Vernacular Individuals
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 4
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 2
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 7
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 12
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2331 Apamea unanimis Small Clouded Brindle 1   
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 6
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 8
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Species List for 27/05/2017

Another one trap night. I'll get the three others ready for tomorrow. Just looked at my photos, the Hook-tip was a Dusky, not Pebble, I need to get tuned in again!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1648 Drepana curvatula Dusky Hook-tip 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 8
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1   
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2422 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 1

Species List for 26/05/2017

A first trapping night after 24 days in Costa Rica (birding, but what fantastic mothing potential). I ran just one trap.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 4
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2092 Agrotis puta insula Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 5
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1

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