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.


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Species List for 29/09/2017

154 moths of 28 species including two more Scarce Bordered Straws and six Delicates.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 50
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 6
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 4
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 48   
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2452 Catocala nupta Red Underwing 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Friday, 29 September 2017

Species List for 28/09/2017

A very poor result for all six traps. Just 110 moths of 16 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 41
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 11
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 31
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Species List for 27/09/2017

Lat night's weather was forecast as very wet, and lived up to expectations. I ran two traps, my Robinson,because it is pretty rain proof, and my new 125W box trap, cobbled together using an old set of electrics and a Bexley Council waste paper box. Unexpectedly, after two days, the Clifden Nonpareil reappeared. It will be released further away tonight.The 63 moths of 17 species included the first Sallow of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 30
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2451 Catocala fraxini Clifden Nonpareil 1 retrap
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Species List for 26/09/2017

209 moths of 30 species included the first two Orange Sallows of the year. Two more Clancy's Rustics, two Palpita vitrealis, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Delicate were possible migrants. There was also a very fresh Red Admiral butterfly in my 80w No2 trap.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
994 Clepsis consimilana 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1041 Acleris sparsana 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 2
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 7
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 70
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 25
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1   
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 47
2271 Xanthia citrago Orange Sallow 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 2

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Species List for 25/09/2017

I've been moaning for ages that almost everyone else in East Kent has caught at least one Clifden Nonpareil. Pam even saw one a while ago when I was abroad and Phil Chantler released one by the Monument. Last night should put a stop to my moans, well on this subject anyway. A couple of quick pictures, it is a bit battered, but I'm not complaining. In addition there was Ni Moth which was my 7th record. A total of 257 moths of 37 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1306 Agriphila inquinatella 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 3
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 9
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 74
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 13   
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 28
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 16
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 57
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2432 Trichoplusia ni Ni Moth 1
2451 Catocala fraxini Clifden Nonpareil 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 3
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 Clifden Nonpareil

 Clifden Nonpareil

Ni Moth

 Delicate


Clancy's Rustic

Monday, 25 September 2017

Species List for 24/09/2017

Two Four-spotted Footman were the highlight of a night with 247 moths of 34 species.



Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 5
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 77
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 12
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4   
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 34
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 40
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 5
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Species List for 23/09/2017

An interesting catch with 228 moths of 38 species, including the latest Mottled Rustic I've caught. I believe it does occasionally have a second generation but I've only seen it rarely and the previous latest dat was Sept 19th in 2014.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 6
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 69
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 27
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 30
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1   
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 4
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 29
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 5

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Species List for 22/09/2017

Frosted Orange. Mallow and Spruce Carped joined the autumnal party. In total there were 172 moths of 28 spwecies.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1306 Agriphila inquinatella 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1911 Ennomos autumnaria Large Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 62
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 9
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 41
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 17
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

 Mallow

Frosted Orange 

Spruce Carpet


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