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.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Species List for 15/10/2017

Warmer weather and the anticipation generated by excitement on various groups as warm weather presumably carrying bucketfuls of rare vagrants from the south failed to deliver when the traps were opened. Only 37 moths of 13 species, and the closest to a southern rarity invasion were two Rush Veneers.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 2
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 4
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Species List for 14/10/2017

54 moths of 14 species represents a better night, although 24 were Large Yellow Underwings.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 24
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 5
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 4
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1

Species List for 13/10/2017

Not a good night. Just 18 moths of 10 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

Friday, 13 October 2017

Species List for 12/10/2017

After a rest day, both because I was under the weather and the weather was under par, I put four traps out. A quiet night with just 26 moths of 14 species, including the first Large Wainscot and the second Frosted Orange of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosah Lunar Underwing 3
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Species List for 10/10/2017

The weather was horrendous, with very high winds and cold damp drizzle.  24 moths of 11 species. An Autumnal Rustic added variety and the Turnip was the smallest I've seen.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 3
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 3

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Species List for 9/10/2017

Just 36 moths of 13 species. My 80W No2 trap was in front of my ivy hedge and contributed 15 moths of 7 species, so it might not be too sensational for National Moth Night.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 4
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 7
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 6
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1

Monday, 9 October 2017

Species List for 8/10/2017

A slightly better night with 73 moths of 25 species, including three new for the year,
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Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1 NFY
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 8
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2231 Aporophyla lutulenta Deep-brown Dart 1 NFY
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 1 NFY
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 16
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 1   
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 1
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 16
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Species List for 7/10/2017

Similar set up to last night with the exception that 80W No2 "Morris" trap replaced the "Box" trap and was positioned by the Ivy hedge. At total of 43 moths of 14 species, including the first Feathered Thorn of the year.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 11
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 4
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 9
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Species List for 6/10/2017

Four traps, the Robinson, 125W Skinner, 15W Actinc and 80W "Box".  46 moths of 11 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2194 Mythimna albipuncta White-point 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 8
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 3
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 19

Friday, 6 October 2017

Species List for 5/10/2017

Another Clancy's Rustic was the best of a poor night. I packed up two of my traps as it no longer is worth running all six. In total 56 moths of 13 species.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
1 998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
2 1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
3 1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
4 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
5 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 7
6 2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
7 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
8 2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
9 2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
10 2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 10
11 2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
12 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 19
13 2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1

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