Mothing at The Hidden House, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Tony Morris


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.
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, 16 August 2017

Species List for 15/08/2017

Verymuch more of the same. 435 moths of 56 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 9
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 3
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 5
1305 Agriphila tristella 5
1309 Agriphila geniculea 1
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 3
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 3
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 2
1709 Idaea subsericeata Satin Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1   
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 9
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 9
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 26
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 42
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 9
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 205
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 5
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 5
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2295 Cryphia muralis Marbled Green 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 9
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 11
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Species List for 14/08/2017

Of the 617 moths caught almost 50% were Setaceous Hebrew Characters and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings. There were around 69 species, an increase on the last few days, butstill short of what couod be hoped for. A thunderstorm just before 5a.m. had me scurrying round the garden discovering the difficulty in carrying a moth trap and holding an umbrella at the same time.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
873 Blastobasis adustella 19
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 23
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 3
1063 Celypha striana 3
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 7
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
1344 Eudonia mercurella 3
1375 Ostrinia nubilalis European Corn Borer 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 4
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 4
1424 Endotricha flammealis 2
1439 Trachycera advenella 5
1465 Nephopterix angustella 2   
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 5
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1830 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 2
1894 Chiasmia clathrata Latticed Heath 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 38
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 3
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 5
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 10
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 9
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 7
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 35
2110 Noctua fimbriata Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 81
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 223
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2145 Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 7
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 3
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2292 Cryphia algae Tree-lichen Beauty 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 24
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 5
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 17
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 4
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

Monday, 14 August 2017

Species List for 13/08/2017

Another decent number of moths, but nothing exciting. There were 465 moths of about 58 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
15 Hepialus sylvina Orange Swift 1
658 Carcina quercana 3
873 Blastobasis adustella 14
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 17
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1063 Celypha striana 3
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 6
1305 Agriphila tristella 4
1344 Eudonia mercurella 1
1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
1439 Trachycera advenella 3
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 5
1690 Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein 1
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1   
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 3
1725 Xanthorhoe ferrugata Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 1
1804 Perizoma bifaciata Barred Rivulet 1
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1894 Chiasmia clathrata Latticed Heath 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 9
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
1921 Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 3
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 5
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 3
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 16
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 67
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 4
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 187
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 4
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1
2193 Mythimna ferrago Clay 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 11
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 5
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 11
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 7
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 20
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Species List for 12/08/2017

More of the same, with 515 moths of about 57 species. Note, one extra now id'd, a Lesser Wax Moth.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
455 Ypsolopha scabrella 1
462 Ypsolopha sequella 1
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
658 Carcina quercana 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 10
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 16
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1063 Celypha striana 1
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 11
1305 Agriphila tristella 5
1344 Eudonia mercurella 3
1361 Pyrausta aurata 2
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1699 Idaea rusticata atrosignaria Least Carpet 1
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 1   
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 3
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1742 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 2
1754 Eulithis prunata Phoenix 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 8
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2067 Euplagia quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 22
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 3
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 79
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 241
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 3
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 8
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 7
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2318 Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 8
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 10
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 9
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 3
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Species List for 11/08/2017

Fewer moths than last night, with 367 moths of about 49 species. Three more Scarce Bordered Straws, two more photographed, but one lost out the window!

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
419 Argyresthia semifusca 1
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 13
970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 13
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1063 Celypha striana 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 4
1305 Agriphila tristella 2
1344 Eudonia mercurella 3
1361 Pyrausta aurata Mint Moth 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 9
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 1
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 4
1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1782 Horisme tersata Fern 2
1825 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1   
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1984 Macroglossum stellatarum Humming-bird Hawk-moth 1
2007 Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
2044 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 14
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 4
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 67
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 133
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 6
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2
2284x Acronicta tridens/psi Dark Dagger / Grey Dagger 1
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 2
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 16
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 8
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 12
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 3
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1

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