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.


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Species List for 29/10/2019

Just eight moths of seven species, but one NFY, a Feathered Thorn.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1 NFY
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Species List for 28/10/2019

Still hoping.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 5
1795 Epirrita dilutata November Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2

Monday, 28 October 2019

Species List for 27/10/2019

Another cold night, the Chestnut was the first of the second part of the year.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Species List for 26/10/2019

Still quite windy, but less than last night, but colder and clear.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1

Species List for 25/10/2019

A very windy night.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3

Friday, 25 October 2019

Species List for 24/10/2019

A quiet night with 28 moths of 14 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 3
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 2
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 2
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Species List for 23/10/2019

A much more productive night with 73 moths of 18 species. A Pearly Underwing was my first for two years and and a Cosmopterix pulchrimella was new for the site.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 4
0896b Cosmopterix pulchrimella 1 NFS
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 8
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1795 Epirrita dilutata November Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 22
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2119 Peridroma saucia Pearly Underwing 1 NFY
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 2
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 8
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
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 Pearly underwing (with punk hairstyle)

 Pearly underwing 

White-point 

 Palpita vitrealis

Cosmopterix pulchrimella

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Species List for 22/10/2019

A bit of an improvement with 29 moths of 14 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 3
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Species List for 21/10/2019

A second Large Wainscot, was the star in a disappointing catch of  17 moths of eight species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
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Aheavily marked Large Wainscot

Monday, 21 October 2019

Species List for 20/10/2019

21 Moths of 12 species including the first Merveille du Jour and Large Wainscot of the year. Photos if it gets light tomorrow.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1 NFY
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1 NFY
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
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 Merveille du Jour

Large Wainscot

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Species List for 19/10/2019

Now settled on just the two Robinsons. Last nights disappointing total was 20 moths of 9 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 3
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Species List for 18/10/2019

Just 11 moths of six species, including the first Oak Rustic of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2246a Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1 NFY
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
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Oak Rustic

Friday, 18 October 2019

Species List for 17/10/2019

A very rough night, and very few moths. The Delicate was one of the darkest I've caught this year. 17 moths of 11 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
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Delicate

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Species List for 16/10/2019

Just the two Robinsons used, they are so much better in he rain. A better night with 39 moths of 17 species. There was a Carpet that was very wet and tatty, at the bottom of the trap. Now dried out and alive I think it is a Pine Carpet.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1157 Crocidosema plebejana 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1767 Thera firmata Pine  Carpet 1
1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
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 Pine Carpet

 Red-green Carpet

 Cypress Carpet

Yellow-line Quaker

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Species List for 15/10/2019

After a weather induced night off I put out three traps. The result demonstrates the value of doing so.  12 moths of eight species seemed  poor reward for my optimism.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 3

Monday, 14 October 2019

Species List for 13/10/2019

The two Robinsons run in thse same places and the Skinner in the Wooded Corner with an 80W lamp. Just 55 moths of 14 species including the 13th Scarce Bordered Straw, making this year the 4th best I've had (so far), but a very long way behind the 163 in 2006.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana3 Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 2
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
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Scarce Bordered Straw

 Rusty-dot Pearl

Turnip

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Species List for 12/10/2019

Two Robinsons run, one in the Back Garden and one in the Pond Garden, both using 125W Lamps. A vestal was new for the year.The total was 62 moths of 14 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 3
1716 Rhodometra sacraria Vestal 1 NFY
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 3
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 9
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 2
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 Vestal

Barred Sallow

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