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, 25 August 2018

Species List for 22/08/2018

A Frosted Orange was the star of 581 moths of 61 species.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 29
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 37
1309 Agriphila geniculea 6
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1   
1732 Scotopteryx chenopodiata Shaded Broad-bar 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 19
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 27
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 5
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 20
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 51
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 98
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 6
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 2
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 6
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 27
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 34
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 135
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2


Species List for 21/08/2018

Another night with a lot of a few species of moths. In total there were 533 moths of 53 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
428 Yponomeuta rorrella Willow Ermine 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 3
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
988 Aphelia viburnana Bilberry Tortrix 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1260 Cydia splendana 2
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 19
1309 Agriphila geniculea 2
1316 Catoptria falsella 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1   
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 7
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 25
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 4
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 9
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 72
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 97
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 9
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 5
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 35
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 5
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 20
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 124
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 4
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Species List for 20/08/2018

All traps up and running, but a coolish, breezy night brought 499 moths of 53 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 2
937 Agapeta hamana 1
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 28
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 20
1309 Agriphila geniculea 4
1344 Eudonia mercurella 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1388 Udea lutealis 1
1417 Pyralis farinalis Meal Moth 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1   
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 4
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 22
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 13
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 76
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 69
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 9
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 3
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 44
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 12
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 19
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 103
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 4
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Species List for 19/08/2018

Back from the birdfair, but late and just time to put the Robinson on the the main garden, in the normal position of the Skinner. Not a great night with just 87 moths of 23 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1365 Pyrausta despicata 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 26
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2343 Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 3
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 23   
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Lyddington B&B, Rutland, Species List for 18/08/2018

The last of the three nights at Lyddington, a warm and muggy night brought 178 moths of 24 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
1076 Celypha lacunana 3
1305 Agriphila tristella 40
1331 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 2
1362 Pyrausta purpuralis 2
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1893 Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 9
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 15
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 44
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 4
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 3   
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 31
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2

Lyddington B&B, Rutland, Species List for 17/08/2018

The second night at Lyddington with 108 moths of 20 species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 2
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 6
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 44
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 6
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 2
2303 Thalpophila matura Straw Underwing 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 20
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2   

Lyddington B&B, Rutland, Species List for 16/08/2018

As usual Jack and I ran a moth trap while we were at the B&B for the Rutland Birdfair Weekend.This year we used one trap, Jack's portable Actinic Trap. Thefirst of three nights trapped 68 moths of 18 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1305 Agriphila tristella 20
1348 Parapoynx stratiotata Ringed China-mark 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 18
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 4
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 3
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 5
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

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