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.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Species List for 29/4/2019

A bit more excitement with 20 moths of 13 species, including three NFY. The Brindled Beauty was my first for five years, and only the seventh I've caught here.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1 NFY
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty 1 NFY
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 2
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 7
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1


 Brindled Beauty

 Garden Carpet

White Ermine

Monday, 29 April 2019

Species List for 28/4/2019

After a day off, in deference to the awful conditions there was just a small improvement, despite the calmer and slightly warmer weathwer.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Species List for 26/4/2019

When the list is two moths of one species you know it would have been better not to have turned them on.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

Species List for 25/4/2019

We still have a cold westely breeze, so just 12 moths of nine species,withs Silver Y making an early appearance.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1 NFY
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Species List for 24/4/2019

A much more unsettled period with a cold westerly air stream reduced the count to 12 moths of 10 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Species List for 23/4/2019

A second White Spot was a surprise, now to find the nearest Nottingham Catchfly, the food plant. The Clay Triple-lines was only my second, and I managed to lose it before I photoed it. In total there were 43 moths of 16 species including three NFY.

998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 3
1681 Cyclophora linearia Clay Triple-lines 1 NFY
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 3
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2172 Hadena albimacula White Spot 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 11
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1 NFY

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Species List for 22/4/2019

56 Moths of 18 species including six NFY. I believe that the White Spot was on the Earliest date recorded in Kent (on the Kent Database) and there were two others last night caught by Tony Rouse. The only other April record was on the 30/3/2009 at Dungeness.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 9
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 2 NFY
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 9
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2 NFY
2172 Hadena albimacula White Spot 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 11
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1 NFY
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1 NFY

 Bright-line Brown-eye

 White Spot

 Nut-tree Tussock

Muslin Moth

Monday, 22 April 2019

Species List for 21/4/2019

28 moths of 13 species,two NFY.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1 NFY
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 9
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion 1 NFY
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Species List for 20/4/2019

The warmer spell seems to be stirring something. 42 moths of 14 species, two NFY.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 5 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1 NFY
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 12
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 10
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Species List for 19/4/2019

Just 14 moths of seven species, two NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 4
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1 NFY
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1 NFY
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
 Brimstone Moth

Iron Prominent

Friday, 19 April 2019

Species List for 18/4/2019

27 moths of 8 species.

1524 Emmelina monodactyla 3
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 3
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 12
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Species List for 17/4/2019

22 moths of nine spies with three NFY, all about on time.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 3 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1 NFY
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 9
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1 NFY

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Species List for 16/4/2019

31 moths of seven species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 8
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 8
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 9
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Species List for 15/4/2019

A slight improvement with 21 moths of six species. The Shuttle-shped Dart was NFY and about the third earliest I've had.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 12

Monday, 15 April 2019

Species List for 14/4/2019

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 5
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 8
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Species List for 13/4/2019

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Species List for 12/4/2019

Today the NE wind continued, and it tried to snow while I was checking my traps.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 9

Species List for 11/4/2019

Still Cold NE wind.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 3
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 7
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Species List for 10/4/2019

Cold NE Wind.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Species List for 9/4/2019

Just 15 moths of 7 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
688 Agonopterix heracliana agg. 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Species List for 8/4/2019

$0 moths of 11 species,with two NFY, including a Dark Sword-grass, my first migrant of the year and the second earliest I've caught.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 4
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 7
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1 NFY
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 12
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 8
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

 A sightly unusual Clouded Drab

 Dark Sword-grass

 V-Pug

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