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, 31 March 2020

Species List for 30/03/2020

The High Overnight, Sunday into Monday, was the highest recorded in London with a barometric pressure of 1,049.6 millibars (mbar). It continued to send cold air from the North. No Moths on the 29th and just 3 last night.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3

Species List for 28/03/2020

Very Cold N wind equals very few moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Species List for 27/03/2020

A clear, cold night with a Northerly wind. Very few moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Friday, 27 March 2020

Species List for 26/03/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Species List for 25/03/2020

It is getting colder, so not a big catch.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Species List for 24/03/2020

A small increase with nine moths of four species. I'm running two Robinson traps and if it continues to pick up I will add in other traps.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

March Moth

Species List for 23/03/2020

A warm day, but still a colder, clear night. The first Early Grey of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1 NFY

 Early Grey

Species List for 22/03/2020

The weather remains clear but with cold nights, and therefore not many moths.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

Species List for 21/03/2020

After a blank night on the 20th there was just one moth, but a surprise species, a Dark Sword-grass, the first migrant of the year.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1 NFY

Dark Sword-grass

Species List for 19/03/2020

A cold night, after a sunny day produced just four moths.

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

Species List for 18/03/2020

At long last I've got going this year. After several attempts when the wind and rain beat my I decided to wait until the weather settled down

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1 NFY
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1 NFY
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4 NFY

Common Quaker

 hebrew Character

Clouded Drab

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Species List for 20/03/2021

 Although mothing in woodland and inland seems to be doing well, it is the normal disappointing spring tale here. after another blank night, just 3 moths.

Code

Taxon

Vernacular

Individuals

2190

Orthosia gothica

Hebrew Character

3

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