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

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Pink-barred Sallow

Pink-barred Sallow

A fairly common and widespread moth but yet to appear on the website.
Taken at light in Paddock Wood

Friday, 30 September 2011

Flounced Chestnut

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe, 29/9/2011.

Flounced Chestnut (Agrochola helvola)

This was a first for the site and for me, although it is not an uncommon moth. Full details of my catches or on my moths blog.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Annulet

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe 1/9/2011

Annulet (Charissa obscurata)

Only my second record of this species. Specimens from chalky areas are particularly pale.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Bedstraw Hawk-moth (Hyles gallii)

Bedstraw Hawk-moth (Hyles gallii)

Caught at The Hidden House, St Margaret's at Cliffe on 26/7/2011. A nice surprise in my actinic trap.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Fern (Horisme tersata)

Fern, 11/6/11, East Malling, The Bald Birder
Ross Newham trapped this Fern - see his excellent blog at http://baldbirder.blogspot.com/

Friday, 1 July 2011

Aylesham 15th June 2011

Platyptilia pallidactyla

Eidophasia messingiella

Pterophorus pentadactyla

With thanks to Dave Shenton

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Fiery Clearwing

25th May 2011

With thanks to Duncan Mclean for the image.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

More from Dave Shenton

Endothenia gentianaeana

Endothenia marginana

Endothenia marginana and Endothenia gentianaeana

These two, sometimes difficult to separate congeners were reared from Teasel heads, larvae head colour was noted to be certain of identification. Although the size of these specimens also helps: the E.marginana specimen had a wingspan of c. 11-12mm.

Luquetia lobella

Another interesting micro to the garden trap:

Luquetia lobella, Aylesham, 25th May.

With thanks to Dave Shenton

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

More from Dave Shenton

Taleporia tubulosa

Taleporia tubulosa
Small Clouded Brindle
Small Clouded Brindle
Aphelia paleana
Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix)
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Oak Beauty
Hedya pruniana
Hedya pruniHedya prHedya prunianaunianaana
Eudonia pallida
Eudonia pallida
Clepsis spectrana
Clepsis spectrana (Cyclamen Tortrix)
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

Small Clouded Brindle, 125w MV, Stodmarsh NNR, 21/5/11
Pale Oak Beauty, 125w MV, Stodmarsh NNR, 21/5/11
Hedya pruniana, 125w MV, Stodmarsh NNR, 21/5/11
Eudonia pallida, 125w MV, Stodmarsh NNR, 21/5/11
Clepsis spectrana (Cyclamen Tortrix), 125w MV, Stodmarsh NNR, 21/5/11

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, daytime observation, Aylesham, 14/5/11
Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix), dusking, Aylesham, 14/5/11

Taleporia tubulosa, female reared from case found at King's Wood, Challock.

White Spot (Hadena albimacula)

Caught on 31/5/2011 in an MV trap at St Margaret's at Cliffe. This is a red data species with a stronghold on the chalk cliffs of the south coast. The larval food plant is Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans), caterpillars feed on the seeds at night.

White Spot (Hadena albimacula)

White Spot (Hadena albimacula)

The third example of this little beauty that I've caught at St Margaret's. the others were on 23/6/06 and 8/5/07.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Bird Cherry Ermine

Although Bird Cherry Ermine has already been published on the blog, I though I would publish these photos sent to me by Cobtree Manor Park, near Maidstone.

Aylesham, East Kent

Plutella porrectella
Plutella porrectella

Netted Pug
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
The Shears

All to the 125W MV in the garden, Aylesham, East Kent.

Plutella porrectella, 7th May
Green Carpet, 30th April
Netted Pug, 7th May
Shears, 8th May
Bucculatrix nigricomella, 6th May

Thanks to Dave Shenton

Cream-spot Tiger

I took these photos of a Cream-Spot Tiger that I disturbed in an area of chalk grassland and scrub adjoining Bluewater Shopping Centre. It looks like the Centre-in an old chalk quarry-is surrounded by semi-maintained wetlands and chalk grassland. These proved very productive for all forms of wildlife, including moths. It seems that Bluewater Shopping Centre makes a great day-out, especially if you avoid the shops!!

With thanks to Keith Heaven

Aylesham, 30th April.

Epiphyas postvittana
Epiphyas postvittana

Green Carpet

Epiphyas postvittana
With thanks to Dave Shenton

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Dungeness Bird Obs 9-10 May 2011

Both caught at the Obs. White Spot is RDB along the South coast and Fox Moth is Common throughout.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Flame Wainscot

Caught 9/5/2011 in 15W" Actinic "Skinner type" trap at St Margaret's.

Flame Wainscot (Mythimna flammea)

Flame Wainscot (Mythimna flammea)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Pinion–spotted Pug

Pinion–spotted Pug
Biddenden 26 April 2011
The 4th record of this Nb species in my garde

Steve Broyd

April micros for the gallery

Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae

Phyllonorycter nicellii

Phyllonorycter acerifoliella

Phtheochroa rugosana

Elachista rufocinerea

It has been a fantastic couple of weeks for moths to the garden trap and also when out dusking, added to which my leafmines are emerging almost too quickly for me to keep up. Have enclosed a few photos for addition to the gallery:

Phtheochroa rugosana, 24th April, Aylesham garden trap, 125w MV
Phyllonorycter nicellii, ex mine on Hazel, 21st April
Phyllonorycter acerifoliella, ex mine on Field Maple, 20th April
Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae, ex mine on Hawthorn, 16th April
Elachista rufocinerea, one of many dozens on grassland adjacent to the house, dusking, 23rd April

Dave Shenton

Adela reaumurella

Up to 40 of these long-horn moths, Adela reaumurella have been displaying this week in my garden in Ruckinge

best regards

Bernard Boothroyd

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Incurvaria masculella

Incurvaria masculella

This female Incurvaria masculella was caught last night at St Margaret's at Cliffe. Food plant is Hawthorn. Male masculella have comb-like or 'pectinate' antennae, a feature unusual amongst the 'micros'.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Buttoned Snout

'This Buttoned Snout was the first record for the garden last night (Biddenden) – 18 April 2011.'

Many thanks to Steve Broyd.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Ypsolopha mucronella

First time I'd had this moth to the garden trap.

Ypsolopha mucronella, Aylesham, 10th April. (Dave Shenton)

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Alucita hexadactyla, to the 125W MV in the back garden in Aylesham. 7th April. (Dave Shenton)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Sloe Carpet, Biddenden

'Here is a Sloe Carpet trapped at Biddenen last night – 5 April.' Steve Broyd

Blossom Underwing (Orthosia miniosa )

Blossom Underwing (Orthosia miniosa )

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe on 2nd April 2011. Only the second one I've caught here. The first was on 1st April 2006

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Agonopterix alstromeriana

'...found sheltering in a corner of the sheet away from the winds we're having at the moment. In the back garden in Aylesham, attracted to 125W MV on 3 April.'

Dave Shenton