About the Kent Moths Gallery

This blog is intended as a gallery of photos for all moths found in the county of Kent. Please send through your quality images (and links to your websites) of moth species caught yesterday or yesteryear in order that this can become a complete archive of Kent's moth fauna.

Many thanks,
Tony Morris (Admin) & Ross Newham (Admin) kentmothsgallery@gmail.com

Friday, 10 December 2010

More from Dave Shenton

Nephopterix angustella
Green-brindled Crescent
Eudonia angustea
Agriphila geniculea

Agriphila geniculea, Aylesham, East Kent, 11 Sept
Eudonia angustea, Aylesham, East Kent, 1 Oct
Nephopterix angustella, Aylesham, East Kent, 23 September
Green-brindled Crescent, Aylesham, East Kent, 9 October

Thanks to Dave Shenton for these photos, and apologies for the extremely late posting.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Beaded Chestnut

I trapped 4 in my Knockholt garden on the night of 10th October, including examples of both 'forms' as above.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Photos from Dave Shenton

Yellow-line Quaker, Aylesham, East Kent, 9 October.

Nascia cilialis, Stodmarsh NNR, 25 June 2010.

Orthopygia glaucinalis, Aylesham, East Kent, 7 October

Brown-spot Pinion, Aylesham, East Kent, 8 October

Thanks to Dave Shenton for these fantastic images.

Friday, 24 September 2010

The Annulet

'Please find enclosed what was a very exciting find last night (on the kitchen window) in the shape of an Annulet, a very scarce moth indeed in Kent. I caught the moth in Aylesham, East Kent. I have had a great year with 450 species in the garden alone this year.' Dave Henton (?)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Knockholt - Night of 18th September 2010

Last night in Knockholt I caught Deep-brown Dart (top) and Frosted Orange (bottom) - two classic autumnal species to look out for.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Tawny-speckled Pug

Another new moth for Hawkwell Farm, trapped last night. I've decided to create my own personal moth blog detailing my trap totals: http://www.joshsmoths.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Orange Sallow

Trapped this Orange Sallow last night at Hawkwell Farm, Pembury. Its a new species for the garden, bringing the garden macro total to 145.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Antler Moth, Sissinghurst Castle, 18th August 2010

"Another addition to the Castle list"

Steve Broyd

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Oak Processionary - Hayes 18th Aug 2010

An Immigrant which is resident in Europe and Channel Islands. Has caused problems recently as the caterpillars are a pest species which are more problematic than the Brown-tail.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Great Brocade - Sissinghurst Castle 16th August

"An irregular migrant following north/north easterly winds in August, but mainly on the coast. This individual was a good inland record." Steve Broyd

Monday, 16 August 2010

15th August 2010 - Hayes

Three new micros last night. Only managed to photograph one of them as the others flew off, despite a couple of hours to cool off in the fridge.

Pandemis Corylana - Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix. Common across most of Britain, flying in July and August.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing

Sissinghurst 8th August.

"Hind wing shot shows broad black border and restricted yellow spot encircled by black. At rest shot shows general darkness of upper side of forewing and broad stocky jizz."

Steve Broyd

Striped Hawk-moth, Ruckinge 7th August

A nice surprise this morning in the trap was this stunning immigrant, Striped Hawk-moth.

Bernard Boothroyd


One from the 9th July, this pyralid, Pyrausta nigrata, was new for the garden. There was also one at Dungeness two days later.

Bernard Boothroyd

Monday, 9 August 2010

Hayes - 8th August

Six-striped Rustic. Common throughout (but not included here yet) flying in July and August.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Paddock Wood, 2nd August 2010

Pebble Hook-tip - Always a treat to see one of these even if it is the commonest of the Hook-tips.
Meal Moth - Considered a pest species it is not often found away from barns, warehouses etc - the latter of which are plentiful in Paddock Wood!

Phycita roborella - A reltively common micro.

Argyresthia brockeella - A tiny but dazzling micro (c5mm in length).

Paddock Wood, 31st July 2010

Shaded Broad-bar - Widespread and fairly common but hasn't featured on the blog yet.

Cydia splendana - Locally common over much of Britain.

Argyrotaenia ljungiana - Common over much of Britain but found predominantly on heaths, it has two flight periods in the south.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Buff Ermine

'Here's a pic of a Buff Ermine that flew into my study in Sandwich on 4 Aug. and seemed to take an interest in some obscure German texts.' Keith Heaven

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Carroty Wood, 17th July 2010

Satin Lutestring - The scarcest of the lutestrings and a nice one to catch up with on a camping trip with my son on a "beavers" camp (scouts).
September Thorn - A quite plain Thorn flying from July to October.

Minor Shoulder-knot - Widespread and reasonably common but prefers damp woodland and heaths.
Large Emerald - Another woodland and heath speciality so unlikely to be encountered in my garden trap.
The Engrailed - Second generation, quite a bit smaller than the first.
Carroty Wood grid ref TQ602499

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Brown-veined Wainscot

Gold Spot

A very small selection of moths from SBBO last week.


Dingy Shears

Lunar-spotted Pinion

Dingy Footman - some 'bread and butter' that hasn't yet featured on the blog.

Canary-shouldered Thorn

A few moths from last week at Hawkwell Farm.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Paddock Wood, 24th July 2010

Poplar Kitten - To complete the trio of "kittens" on the blog, slightly larger than the very similar Sallow and a very welcome addition to the garden list.

The Phoenix - A large geometer which is well distributed over much of the British Isles but is not particularly common.

Dungeness Bird Observatory, 24th July 2010

Cynaeda dentalis - From UKmoths: "A highly distinctive moth, this species is restricted in Britain to a few coastal localities in the south-east of England, where its preferred seaside habitats such as shingle beaches occur.

The single generation flies in July, and comes to light.

The larval foodplant is viper's bugloss"

Shore Wainscot - A rather pale and worn individual of this strictly coastal species.

Schoenobius gigantella - As the name suggests this is a beast of a micro, such females being up to 46mm. Another coastal speciality.

Mere Wainscot - The Lewington guide suggests there is a population near Sandwich but otherwise the occasional wanderer appears in Kent. Apologies for posting photos "in the pot" but I was under strict instructions not to lose the moth!
Thanks as ever to David Walker at DBO.