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, 12 October 2016

Species List for 11/10/2016

 Palpita vitrealis

 Barred Sallow

 Sallow

 Dark Chestnut

 Rusty-dot Pearl

Red-green Carpet


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1408 Palpita vitrealis 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 30
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 7
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 1

Monday, 10 October 2016

Species List for 9/10/2016

A very cold night and very few moths, but the first Deep-brown Dart I've caught since 2013.

 Deep-brown Dart 


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 17
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2231 Aporophyla lutulenta Deep-brown Dart 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 6
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 16
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Species List for 8/10/2016

A quieter night, but the second Feathered Brindle of the year was a strikingly marked moth and there was also a very strongly marked Pine Carpet. The two Mallows were the first of the year.

 Pine Carpet

 Feathered Brindle

  Feathered Brindle

Mallow


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 3
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1745 Larentia clavaria Mallow 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 45
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2230 Aporophyla australis Feathered Brindle 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 9
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 23
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3  

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Species List for 7/10/2016

A windless, overcast night brought a few more species and a good list of migrants.

 Brick

 Pale Mottled Willow

 Humming-bird Hawk-moth

 Humming-bird Hawk-moth,

 Silver Y

 Dark Sword-grass

 Scarce Bordered Straw

 Satellite

 Red-green Carpet

Pine Carpet


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 2
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 10
1042 Acleris rhombana Rhomboid Tortrix 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 8
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuate Garden Carpet 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1767 Thera firmata Pine Carpet 1
1984 Macroglossum stellatarum Humming-bird Hawk-moth 1
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 61
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 7
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 12
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 2
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5  
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 1
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 12
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 18
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 3
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 3
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Friday, 7 October 2016

Species List for 610/2016

Numbers are still decreasing, but a couple of species reappeared after a gap, Clepsis consimilana and  Double-striped Pug.

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 6
994 Clepsis consimilana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 5
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 49
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 7
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 6
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 8
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 5
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 7
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 24
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Species List for 5/10/2016

Although the Convolvulus Hawk-moth had flown off high yesterday it re-appeared, this time in my 80W no1 by the pond.


The trap I have in the small vegetable garden has had very few moths for the last few days and I was thinking of retiring it for the winter, however today it yielded the first Green-brindled Crescent of the season.

Green-brindled Crescent

It has been a few days since the last Silver Y and the one today was very fresh.

Silver Y


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth (re-trap) 1
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 34
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 6
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 9
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 24
2298 Amphipyra berbera Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Species List for 4/10/2016

After the Convolvulus Hawk-moth from Chris's garden I had one in my Actinic trap this morning. A quick look confirmed it was a different individual. There was also a Scarce Bordered Straw and a Chestnut.

 Convolvulus Hawk-moth

 Scarce Bordered Straw

Chestnut


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 8
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 42
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 8
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 3
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 8
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 28
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2400 Helicoverpa armigera Scarce Bordered Straw 1

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Species List for 3/10/2016

This list includes the Convolvulus Hawk-moth that featured yesterday. In the traps the first Large Wainscot of the Autumn, another Delicate and the third Clancy's Rustic for the year were good.

 Convolvulus Hawk-moth

 Large Wainscot

 Clancy's Rustic

 Barred Sallow

 Barred Sallow

Acleris rhombana


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1042 Acleris rhombana Rhomboid Tortrix 1
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 7
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1972 Agrius convolvuli Convolvulus Hawk-moth 1
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 61
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2202 Mythimna l-album L-album Wainscot 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 13
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 34
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1  
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2375 Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
2387a Platyperigea kadenii Clancy's Rustic 1

Monday, 3 October 2016

Species List for 2/10/2016

A Dark Chestnut was new for the year and there was another Delicate. However my mothing wasn't confined to my traps. My next door neighbour, Chris, who knows of my eccentricities called me to come and look at something in her garden. I guessed immediately what it was and was amazed that I was right. Sitting in the middle of a path in her garden was a Convolvulus Hawk-moth.

 Delicate

 Dark Chestnut


Convolvulus Hawk-moth


Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 32
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2195 Mythimna vitellina Delicate 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2255 Polymixis lichenea Feathered Ranunculus 6
2259 Conistra ligula Dark Chestnut 1
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 5
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 55
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 3
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 1

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