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.
Traps are now (2020 onwards) 2x 125W Robinsons, 2x 80W Skinner type and 1x 15W Actinic strip light on a Skinner type .

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, 30 September 2019

Species List for 29/9/2019

I was still drying everything out from the previous night and the wind was still very strong, so I decided to run just two traps. The Robinson and the 125W Skinner. There were 111 moths of 15 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 4
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 34
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 13
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 37
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
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 Beaded Chestnut

 Dark Sword-grass

Black Rustic

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Species List for 28/9/2019

The near gale force wind and persistent rain made it a surprise when I found any moths in my traps. There were 58 moths of 12 species, including the ninth Scarce Bordered Straw for the year. I have heard it said that Angle Shades at his time might be migrants, but I don't have any way of knowing.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 12
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1

 Angle Shades

Scarce Bordered Straw

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Species List for 27/9/2019

Not too bad for the second night of the3-night National Moth Night. 121 moths of 20 species including a splendid Convolvulus Hawk Moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 30
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 16
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 9
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 3
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 34
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 4
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1   
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Delicate

 Clancy's Rustic

 Scarce Bordered Straw

 Covolvulus Hawk-moth

  Covolvulus Hawk-moth

L-album Wainscot

Friday, 27 September 2019

Species List for 26/9/2019

Just 52 moths of 15 species, but a Dewick's Plusia and two other NFY were good value. Other migrants were a Delicate and a Dark Sword Grass. The Dewick's Plusia was the second site record, I wonder if the Turnip mohs are possibly migrants.
Code Taxon

Vernacular Individuals
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1 NFY
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 5
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1 NFY
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 13
2436 Macdunnoughia confusa Dewick's Plusia 1 NFY
2452 Catocala nupta Red Underwing 1
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 Dewick's Plusia

 Dewick's Plusia

 Autumnal Rustic, 

 Feathered Ranunculus

 Beaded Chestnut, 

 Dark Sword-grass

 Turnip

Delicate

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Species List for 23/9/2019

I debated whether to put the moth traps out, and probably made the wrong decision. Just 66 moths of 15 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 23
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 13
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 10
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Monday, 23 September 2019

Species List for 22/9/2019

122 moths of 18 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 17
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 39
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 10
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 5
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 11
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Species List for 21/9/2019

After a day off for the visit to the OBC AGM at Cley. Last night produced 260 moths of 31 species, best migrants were two Delicates and a Scarce Bordered Straw while  Least Yellow Underwing  is my latest ever by nine days.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 14
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 6
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 6
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 45
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 15
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2112 Noctua interjecta Least Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 94
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 20
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2   
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 6
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 11
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 3
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 3
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 2
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 7
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1
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 Scarce Bordered Straw


 Delicate


 Delicate


Least Yellow Underwing

Friday, 20 September 2019

Species List for 19/9/2019

A Delicate and a Clancy's Rustic were of interest. In total 206 moths of just 24 species. This is updated as I forgot to include recordsfrom one trap first go.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 3
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1699 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 5
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 27
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 24
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 97
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 14
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 5
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 3   
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 4
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Species List for 18/9/2019

158 moths of  28 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 6
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 12
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 74
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 9
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 6
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1   
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 8
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Species List for 17/9/2019

Numbers are dropping off at the moment with just 101 moths of 25 species. The least carpet was the latest I've caught by about a month.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1309 Agriphila geniculea 3
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1699 Idaea rusticata Least Carpet 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 14
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 26
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 3   
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 6
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 6
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

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