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.


Thursday, 30 April 2020

Species List for 29/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Species List for 28/04/2020

Just in case I thought it couldn't get worse, it did.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
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Silver Y

Species List for 27/04/2020

Just 12 moths of eight species including three NFY

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1832 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 1 NFY
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1 NFY
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
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 Brimstone Moth

 White-spotted Pug

Buff Ermine

Species List for 26/04/2020

Seven moths of six species with the first Buff-tip of the year.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Buff-tip

Species List for 25/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1

Species List for 24/04/2020

The first Shuttle shaped Dart of the year.,

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
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Shuttle-shaped Dart

Friday, 24 April 2020

Species List for 23/04/2020

Again just 11 moths, but only six speices. A Lime Hawk-moth, the earliest I've caught one by six days.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1979 Mimas tiliae Lime Hawk-moth 1 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 3
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2
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Lime Hawk-moth

Species List for 22/04/2020

Only 12 moths of nine species, but including four NFY. Both the Mullein and the Swallow Prominent refused to sit normally for their photos!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla Beautiful Plume 1 NFY
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1 NFY
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 2 NFY
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2221 Shargacucullia verbasci Mullein 1 NFY


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 Swallow Prominent

 White Ermine

 White Ermine

Mullein

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Species List for 21/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Species List for 20/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1

Species List for 19/04/2020

Muslin Moth was NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
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Species List for 18/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2

Species List for 17/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Species List for 16/04/2020

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Species List for 15/04/2020

A small increase with 12 moths of eight species, but two NFY, Thr Chalomile Shark was only the second on I've caught.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 2 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2214 Cucullia chamomillae Chamomile Shark 1 NFY
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
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 Chamomile Shark

 Chamomile Shark

Powdered Quaker

Species List for 14/04/2020

Only four moths of two species, but one was a NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1342 Eudonia angustea 1 NFY
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
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 Eudonia angustea

Species List for 13/04/2020

1 998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2 2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
3 2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
4 2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1
5 2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Monday, 13 April 2020

Species List for 12/04/2020

A quieter night, with the wind changing and the temperature dropping. Nevertheless I have real surprise with the first Bloxworth Snout for the site, in a ddition there was the first Silver Y of the year.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 13
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1 NFY
2478 Hypena obsitalis Bloxworth Snout 1 NFS
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 Bloxworth Snout

Streamer

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Species List for 11/04/2020

A totalof 41 moths of 13 species is more encouraging. Four NFY, The Barred Hook-tip is the earliest I've caught by 15 days and the Garden Carpet, the earliest by 18 days,

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1 NFY
1647 Watsonalla cultraria Barred Hook-tip 1 NFY
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1 NFY
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer 3 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 8
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty 2
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 15
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1
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Barred Hook-tip

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Species List for 10/04/2020

I added the 80W Skinner, in the wooded corner,and had four traps running. 26 moths of eight species was the result. The only NFY was a Light Brown Aplle Moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1 NFY
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 4
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 3
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 8
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 3

Species List for 09/04/2020

Only nine moths of five species. Only two traps as I failed to set up the Actinic (doh!).

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Species List for 08/04/2020

14 moths of nines species is not spectacular, but is the best of the year, so far. Two new for year, including my sixth Barred Tooth-striped. Oddly four of these have been caught in my Actinic trap in the front garden.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
1880 Trichopteryx polycommata Barred Tooth-striped 1 NFY
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2
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 Brindled Beauty

Bareed Tooth-striped

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Species List for 07/04/2020

I added in the Actinic in the front garden for fun. It had three moths including the plume. Two NFY.


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1 NFY
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 3
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 2
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Engrailed 

Emmelina monodactyla

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Species List for 06/04/2020

Another warm day, but clear night, did not yield a great catch. One NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2183 Orthosia miniosa Blossom Underwing 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 2
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1 NFY
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
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Twin-spotted Quaker

Monday, 6 April 2020

Species List for 05/04/2020

Only four moths, but two NFY. The Least Black Arches was the equal earliest I've had (previous 2017).

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1 NFY
2183 Orthosia miniosa Blossom Underwing 1 NFY
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
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 Least Black Arches

Blossom Underwing

Species List for 04/04/2020

Most moths seem to be in lockdown as well.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

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