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.


Friday, 31 May 2019

Species List for 30/5/2019

A btter night with 121 moths of 31 species two NFY.

998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1 NFY
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 5
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 5
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 34
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1   
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 23
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 6
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

 Hedya pruniana

 Small Dusty Wave

Common Quaker -  a late individual

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Species List for 29/5/2019

This was about as bad as it gets in late May, five traps, 30 moths 12 species, one NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 2 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 10
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4

Blastobasis lacticolella

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Species List for 28/5/2019

After another cold night the wind direction changed from NE to SW. When I got up it had got as sar as SSE, but the damage was done and numbers were very low. The two bright spots were the first Privet Hawk of the year and the third Netted Pug.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1823 Eupithecia venosata Netted Pug 1
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 12
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 2   
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 10
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4

 Privet Hawk-moth

Netted Pug

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Species List for 27/5/2019

The weather is still cool at night and a comparison to the same day least year is interesting. This year 111 moths of 38 species, last year 195 moths of 52 species. The were five NFY with the Shark being quite interesting. At this time of year, Chamomile would be the most likely to be flying, but this is definitely a Shark, a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
419 Argyresthia semifusca 1 NFY
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1063 Celypha striana 1 NFY
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 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 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 5   
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 5
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 20
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2216 Cucullia umbratica Shark 1 NFY
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 18
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 8
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 5
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1 NFY

Argyresthia semifusca

Shark

Shark, showing the distinctive trailing edge

Dark Spectacle

Monday, 27 May 2019

Species List for 26/5/2019

Didn't quite make the ton last night, 93 moths of 35 species. Three were NFY
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1 NFY
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 2
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1823 Eupithecia venosata Netted Pug 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 2
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 5
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4   
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 11
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 6
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1 NFY
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 22
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1 NFY
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

 Blood-vein

 Mottled Rustic

Shears

Netted Pug

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Species List for 25/5/2019

Another reasonable night with 130 moths of 42 species,four NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 3
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
714 Agonopterix yeatiana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 20
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 4
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2   
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2069 Tyria jacobaeae Cinnabar 1 NFY
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 19
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 10
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2167 Hadena perplexa Tawny Shears 1 NFY
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 1 NFY
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 15
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 10
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3

 Tawny Shears

 Miller

 Cinnabar

Elephant Hawk-moth

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Species List for 24/5/2019

Now that's more like it. 115 moths of 43 species including eight NFY plus an Ephestia sp, which would need the chop to be specific. The fourth White Spot of the year and my third ever Obscure Wainscot.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
966 Cochylis atricapitana 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 17
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 2 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1473 Ephestia sp Cacao Moth? 1 NFY
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1 NFY
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 1 NFY
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1 NFY
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 7
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 11
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1 NFY
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1
2172 Hadena albimacula White Spot 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2204 Mythimna obsoleta Obscure Wainscot 1 NFY
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 17
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2399 Pyrrhia umbra Bordered Sallow 1 NFY
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 4

 Ephistia sp.

 Bordered Sallow

 Obscure Wainscot

 Broad-barred White

 White Spot

 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

 Light Brocade

 Common Marbled Carpet

 Willow Beauty

 Scalloped Hazel

 Foxglove Pug

 The Fern

 Clouded Silver

Cochylis atricapitana

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