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.


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

Species List for 17/10/2018

The last nights mothing before a few days on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, produced the first Gem of the year. A Golden Twin-spot was the fourth of the year, the only others I've had were three in 2014. In total there were 160 moths of 33 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 5
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1408 Palpita vitrealis 3
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1
1720 Orthonama obstipata Gem 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 80
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 11
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 3   
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 1
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 5
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2428 Chrysodeixis chalcites Golden Twin-spot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1


Scarce Bordered Straw

Large Wainscot

 Large Wainscot

 Gem, female

Golden Twin-spot, 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Species List for 16/10/2018

The drop in the number of moths was due to far fewer Large Yellow Underwings. Another good migrant night, and a good total of species. In total there were 248 moths of 41 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 5
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 5
1408 Palpita vitrealis 5
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 4
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 2
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 2
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 116
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2   
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 12
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 7
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 3
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 19
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 7
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 4

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Species List for 15/10/2018

The predictions that the weather would bring some migrants was, for once, fulfilled. In addition Large Yellow Underwings increased dramatically. There were 329 moths (204 Large Yellow Underwings) including a Hymenia recurvalis that was new for the site and the first Vestal of the year. Nine Palpita vitrealis, eight Delicates, eight Small Mottled Willows, three Scarce Bordered Straws, two Four-spotted Footmen, two Silver Y's and a Rush Veneer were other migrants. There were also a good collection of resident autumnal moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
994  consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1404 Hymenia recurvalis 1 NFS
1408 Palpita vitrealis 9
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1 NFY
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 6
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 204
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 9   
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 4
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 8
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 5
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1
2263 Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 5
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 13
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 4
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 8
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

 Hymenia recurvalis

 Vestal

 Red-line Quaker

 Merveille du Jour

 Four-spotted Footman, male

 Yellow-line Quaker

 Small Mottled Willow, 

 Scarce Bordered Straw 

 Amblyptilia acanthadactylada

 Red-green Carpet, 

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