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.


Sunday, 31 May 2020

Species List for 30/05/2020

A slight improvement and five species NFY, In total 95 moths of 29 species.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
672 Depressaria heraclei Parsnip Moth 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 9
1063 Celypha striana 1 NFY
1083 Hedya nubiferana Marbled Orchard Tortrix 1 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug2
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 3
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 35
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1   
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1 NFY
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1 NFY
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 3
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 8
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
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 Not a Grey Pug!! Common Pug (Thanks Sean Clancy).

 Parsnip Moth

 Lychnis

White-point

Privet Hawk-moths

Hedya nubiferana

Species List for 29/05/2020 addition

One to add to yesterdays list. A micro now ID'd ehat is new for the site.

417 Argyresthia spinosella 1 NFS
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Saturday, 30 May 2020

Species List for 29/05/2020

68 moths of only 19 species and one NFY.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 2
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 2
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 30
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1 NFY
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 11
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
Flame

Friday, 29 May 2020

Species List for 28/05/2020

Despite some warm temperatures on other parts the northerly airflow here reduced the night temperature to around 10 deg C. One NFY and another Prays sp,, one of the darker examples, a possible P. ruficeps.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
0448a Prays ruficeps 1
717 Ethmia terminella 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1333 Scoparia pyralella 1
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 2
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1   
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 18   
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 3
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 12
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 2

 Prays ruficeps/fraxinella

 Scoparia pyralella

Ethmia terminella

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Species List for 27/05/2020

Still the coolair from the North East continued to depress the number of moths flying. 55 moths of 21 species with one NFY.
Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1 NFY
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 9
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 2
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 2
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 16
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 2
2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 1   
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1


 Green Carpet

 Mottled Rustic

Green Pug

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Species List for 26/05/2020

A change in wind direction and a drop in temperature brough the total and number of species down to   74 moths of25 species with two NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 18
1076 Celypha lacunana 1 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1 NFY
1342
Eudonia angustea
1
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 3
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 2
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 14
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2164 Hecatera bicolorata Broad-barred White 1   
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 2
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 3
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3


Scoparia ambigualis


 Celypha lacunana

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Species List for 25/05/2020

A warm night, and a good number of species, but mostly small numbers. Six NFY.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 15
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1 NFY
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 2
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1808 Perizoma flavofasciata Sandy Carpet 1 NFY
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1827 Eupithecia intricata Freyer's Pug 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 3 NFY
1979 Mimas tiliae Lime Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1 NFY
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 3
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 3
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 2
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 3
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 12
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
2157 Lacanobia w-latinum Light Brocade 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1 NFY
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 8
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 6
2413 Deltote bankiana Silver Barred 1 NFY
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 Elephant Hawk-moth

 Common Carpet

 Clouded Silver

 Dark Arches

 Freyer's Pug

 Silver Barred

Sandy Carpet

Monday, 25 May 2020

Species List for 24/05/2020

A warmer night and a better total with 103 moths of 34 species, plus a couple of micros to ID.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1 NFY
714 Agonopterix yeatiana 1 NFY
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 15
1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 3
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 3
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1 NFY
1342 Eudonia angustea 2
1380 Phlyctaenia perlucidalis 1 NFY
1465 Nephopterix angustella 1 NFY
1689 Scopula marginepunctata Mullein Wave 1 NFY
1709 Idaea subsericeata Satin Wave 1
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 6
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 3   
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1944 Hypomecis punctinalis Pale Oak Beauty 1 NFY
1979 Mimas tiliae Lime Hawk-moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 3
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 22
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 6
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2223 Calophasia lunula Toadflax Brocade 1
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 4
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 18
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 3
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 Phlyctaenia perlucidalis

 Agonopterix yeatiana

 Purple Bar

 Pale Oak Beauty

 Mullein Wave

 Chrysoteuchia culmella

Satin Wave

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