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.


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Species List for 30/05/2018

After a night off (again the weather wasn't as bad as the forecast), there were 148 moths of 36 species, including my second ever Fox Moth amongst three NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1063 Celypha striana 2
1076 Celypha lacunana 1 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1 NFY
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1638 Macrothylacia rubi Fox Moth 1 NFY
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 4
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 8
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 38
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 6
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 16
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 5
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 22

Fox Moth

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Species List for 28/05/2018 - Revised.

Another good number of species, eventually 56 after the micros wereidentified, and 177 individuals with 15 NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 4
140 Nematopogon swammerdamella 1 NFY
216 Nemapogon cloacella Cork Moth 1 NFY
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
714 Agonopterix yeatiana 1 NFY
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 13
1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 2
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 5
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 1
1333 Scoparia pyralella 1 NFY
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1781 Horisme vitalbata Small Waved Umber 1 NFY
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 3
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1   
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 4
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 48
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 7
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1 NFY
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2 NFY
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1 NFY
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 2
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1 NFY
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2279 Acronicta aceris Sycamore 1 NFY
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 4
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 3
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 12
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 5
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 1 NFY
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 9
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1 NFY

 Nematopogon swammerdamella

Cork Moth


Agonopterix yeatiana

Blastobasis lacticolella,


Common Carpet

Small Waved Umber

 Flame

Large yellow Underwing

Small Square-spot

White-point

Sycamore

 Gold Spot

Straw Dot

Species List for 27/05/2018

Things are beginning to pick up. 195 moths of 52 species including 14 NFY. Best were White Spot, that has a very restricted range and Beautiful Hook-tip, which is quite a local species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 3
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 9
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 4
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 24
1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 3
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 3
1654 Tethea ocularis Figure of Eighty 1 NFY
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 3
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 2
1823 Eupithecia venosata Netted Pug 1 NFY
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1   
1827 Eupithecia intricata Freyer's Pug 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 15
1893 Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle 1 NFY
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 19
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1 NFY
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 1 NFY
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 3 NFY
1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 4
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 5
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 7
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 6
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 23
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 8
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 2
2172 Hadena albimacula White Spot 1 NFY
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 5 NFY
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1 NFY
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1 NFY
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 3
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2473 Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 1 NFY

Pale Tussock, melanic form.

Eyed Hawk-moth

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

 Light Emerald

Common Wainscot

Dark Arches

Figure of Eighty

Orange Footman

Beautiful Hook-tip

White Spot

 Tawny-barred Angle

 Pebble Hook-tip

White-pinion Spotted


Coronet

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Species List for 26/05/2018

A good night with 125 moths of 37 species. One annoying thing was the Pebble Hook-tip was on the outside of my actinic trap, and if fly before I could pot it. Altogether there were 11 NFY. A couple of pugs and micros still to do.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 8
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
714 Agonopterix yeatiana 3 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 3 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 3
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1 NFY
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2 NFY
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1474 Ephestia parasitella 1 NFY
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1 NFY
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 3
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1 NFY
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2   
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 6
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1   
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 8
   2
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1 NFY
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 22
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 10
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2278 Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey 1 NFY
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2

  Poplar Grey, 

 Buff Ermine

 Green Oak Tortrix

 Crambus lathoniellus

 Silver-ground Carpet

Clouded Silver

Species List for 25/05/2018

While we were on our first trip to the Pine Gardens I ran four traps at home. 49 moths of  28 species with seven NFY.  One micro still to ID.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17
Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1 NFY
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 7
1063 Celypha striana 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1 NFY
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1 NFY
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 1 NFY
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 4   
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 6
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
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Elephant Hawk-moth

 Orange Footman

 Bee Moth

 Pale Oak Beauty

 Common Marbled Carpet

Spruce Carpet

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