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, 28 November 2018

Species List for 27/11/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1631 Poecilocampa populi December Moth 1

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Species List for 26/11/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1631 Poecilocampa populi December Moth 1

Species List for 25/11/2018

A red letter day, a Scarce Umber, my first here and another Oak Rustic.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1933 Agriopis aurantiaria Scarce Umber 1 NFS
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1

Species List for 24/11/2018

Two migrants, a feature of the Kent Coast currently.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 23/11/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1631 Poecilocampa populi December Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1

Species List for 22/11/2018

Wow- four species, six moths. an actual list.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1631 Poecilocampa populi December Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1

Species List for 21/11/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1631 Poecilocampa populi December Moth 1

Species List for 20/11/2018

A zero return yesterday. Avery worn moth today, but it Brick seems to fit whats left.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1

Species List for 18/11/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1

Species List for 17/11/2018

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Species List for 16/11/2018

A little cooler here, despite the fact that according to ocean measurements from the North Pole Environmental Observatory, the mercury tipped -1.9°C (28.6°F) on Wednesday as the Arctic bathed in an unseasonably warm spell and some areas of the Arctic were up to 35˚C (63°F) warmer than the seasonal average. This is of course a global warming hoax, engineered by China. In total six moths of five species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
0874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 15/11/2018

Another dry, and for the time of year reasonably mild night. Another Oak Rustic aand still a few migrants. Eight moths of five species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 14/11/2018

After almost a week of near continuous rain the weather has changed and  the Robinson is in the back garden. Not spectacular but the first December Moth of the year and six moths of six species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1631 Poecilocampa populi December Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

 December Moth


Species List for 8/11/2018

After a night off forvery wet weather, I foolishly put my traps out. Just six moths and a lot of drying out to do!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 2

Species List for 6/11/2018

Just two moths, both Large Yellow Underwings, the weather is deteriorating!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Species List for 5/11/2018

The temperature overnight remained above 12 deg C, but there were no fireworks in the trap. In total 15 moths of nine species, including another four Oak Rustics. I wonder how many there would have been last week had I been here and not on St Mary's?

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1


The two morphs of Oak Rustic.

Species List for 4/11/2018

A much milder night brought a better return with 18 moths of  nine species, including the first Mottled Umber of the year.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1935 Erannis defoliaria Mottled Umber 1 NFY
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Mottled Umber

Monday, 5 November 2018

Species List for 3/11/2018

Another single moth night. The promised mild spell yet to arrive.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 2/11/2018

Still cold and windy. Just four moths of three species, three traps run.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1

Species List for 30/10/2018

Three moths, two species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Species "List" for 28/10/2018

Just one moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1

Monday, 29 October 2018

27/10/2018, back at the Hidden House.

Back home after the Scillies trip. Poor windy wet weather meant that I only put out my Robinson trap. Not one single moth visited.

Species List for 25/10/2018 - The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly

Our last night of mothing at The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly. A quiet night with one new species for the trip, a Double-striped Pug. In all 132 moths of 16 species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a Opogona omoscopa 20
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 19
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 23
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 36
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Species List for 24/10/2018 - The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly

Despite being a quiet night, a three star moth in the form of a Radford's Flame Shoulder was a new moth for all of us. In total there were 122 moths of 21 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a Opogona omoscopa 9
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 23
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
2102a Ochropleura leucogaster Radford's Flame Shoulder 1 ***
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 20
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 12
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 25
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1   
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
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Radford's Flame Shoulder

Species List for 23/10/2018 - The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly

A quieter night led to a few more moths, 157 moths of 25 species including a surprise Buff Footman.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a
Opogona omoscopa 15
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 3
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 35
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 6
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2049 Eilema depressa Buff Footman 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 13
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 26
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 7   
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 22
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 7
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Species List for 22/10/2018 - The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly

Cold and breezy. 128 moths of 16 species, including the first Large Wainscots and Silver Y of the visit.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a Opogona omoscopa 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 15
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 5
1771a Thera cupressat Cypress Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 33
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 21
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 20
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Species List for 21/10/2018 - The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly

Cooler weather brought a drop in the number of moths,  with just 116 of 20 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a Opogona omoscopa 11
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 11
1408 Palpita vitrealis 2
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 19
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 18
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1   

Species List for 20/10/2018 - The Summer House, St Mary's Isles of Scilly

Our first night on St Mary's, with Nina, Jack and Josh. Unfortunately the wind had changed to the north and and there were far fewer migrants than in the exceptional preceding weeks. Nevertheless we had some good moths. We ran Jack's 125W Robinson and a 15W portable Heath Actinic trap, and a "Morris" 80W collapsible Trap. In total there were 247 moths of 30 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
0278a Opogona omoscopa 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 66
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 21
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1   
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2203 Mythimna unipuncta White-speck 38
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 9
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea scillonea Feathered Ranunculus 36
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 35
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1

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