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, 31 August 2019

Species List for 30/8/2019

It remained a Setaceous Hebrew Character flood with 258 out of 478 moths, In total here were just 37 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1305 Agriphila tristella 14
1309 Agriphila geniculea 3
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 14
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 35
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 10
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6   
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 258
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 22
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 3
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 17
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 24
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 35
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Friday, 30 August 2019

Species List for 29/8/2019

Not much to say, 438 moths of just 32 spcies.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 3
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
1305 Agriphila tristella 11
1309 Agriphila geniculea 2
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 11
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 38
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 10
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 205
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 13
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 5   
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 29
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 26
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 39
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 6
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 5
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Species List for 28/8/2019

Only 42 species as the temperature dropped and a breeze picked up. There were 436 moths in total. Yesterday's Dark Crimson Underwing was released after I'd taken a photo of the underwing

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 12
1309 Agriphila geniculea 7
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 2
1409a Diaphania perspectalis Boxworm 1
1651 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1739 Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 11   
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 51
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 7
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 158
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 17
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 5
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 5
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 22
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 27
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 45
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 2
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 7
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 11
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
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Use of the time release enabled me to get a shot of my thumb, plus the hind wing of yesterday's Dark Crimson Underwing.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Species List for 27/8/2019

Now officially a Setaceous Hebrew Character time. In addition some interesting moths, the second Dark Crimson Underwing of the year, and the second record of Evergestis pallidata for the site. In total 544 moths of 60 species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 26
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 23
1309 Agriphila geniculea 14
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1358 Evergestis pallidata 1
1365 Pyrausta despicata 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 5
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2   
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 3
1832 Eupithecia assimilata Currant Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 4
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 5
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 12
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 56
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 16
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 162
2133 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 28
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 40
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2303 Thalpophila matura Straw Underwing 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 4
2352 Eremobia ochroleuca Dusky Sallow 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 23
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 36
2385 Spodoptera exigua Small Mottled Willow 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 28
2455 Catocala sponsa Dark Crimson Underwing 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
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It did let me see the hindwing pattern by easing the wing open with a small paint brush, but it closed each time before I managed a photo. Sometimes you just need three hands.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Species List for 26/8/2019

Despite the fantastic weather there were no real surprises in my moth traps. There were 443 moths of 53 species, the most notable count was 38 Silver Ys, the most so far this year. (Updated for two new ID's, thanks Jack Morris).

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 46
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1054 Acleris cristana 1
1260 Cydia splendana 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 32
1309 Agriphila geniculea 16
1354 Cataclysta lemnata Small China-mark 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1365 Pyrausta despicata 1
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1465 Nephopterix angustella 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 2
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1   
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 11
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 8
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 5
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 37
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 15
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 72
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 21
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 6
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 30
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 2
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2292 Cryphia algae Tree-lichen Beauty 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 2
2345 Photedes minima Small Dotted Buff 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 19
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 19
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 5
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 38
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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