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, 7 December 2012

Oncocera semirubella

Oncocera semirubella

Taken in Aug 2012 on Lydden downs by James Hunter.

Metzneria neuropterella

Metzneria neuropterella

The last Kent records were in 1965. In 2011 the species was discovered by James Hunter on the downs near Shoreham and confirmed from photos by John Langmaid. It was also trapped on 3 occasions at the same site this year with up to 5 individuals being caught.

Plumed Prominent

Plumed Prominent - male

17 Nov 2011. Taken near Shoreham. The first west Kent record for 16 years was the reward for a concentrated trapping effort by James Hunter under the food plant Field Maple over a 3 week period.

Black-spotted Chestnut

Male Black-spotted Chestnut
A female of this species was caught on the 8th of November 2011 by Norman Winterman in Dartford and represented the first British record of this species, amazingly the following evening took an even more unexpected turn. Arrangements were made for the moth to be on view from mid-evening in nearby James Hunter's garden. A dozen enthusiasts were attempting to photograph the rather active female in the comfort of James's lit garden shed. Paul Chapman, who was already happy with his views, was standing outside in the garden, next to James's actinic trap. Suddenly a small noctuid moth arrived on a nearby doll's house and Paul instinctively enticed it onto his finger. Almost immediately, shouts of "quick, get a pot!" pierced the night air and the moth was soon safely secured. Everybody was staggered to see that it was another Black-spotted Chestnut, this one a male and in even better condition than the first!

Thanks again to James for the photo, and the text from Birdguides.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Evergestis extimalis

Evergestis extimalis - a local resident in the south-east and occasional migrant elsewhere. Taken by James Hunter in Dartford during August 2011.

Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner

Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner - can be abundant in some areas and another recent addition to the British list.

Argyresthia trifasciata

This titchy micro was trapped by James Hunter in Dartford, May 2012

From UKMoths: This tiny but quite distinctive moth was not discovered in Britain until 1982, when one was caught in London. More recently the species has become widely associated with gardens, and are now regularly found in good numbers around conifers, especially juniper (Juniperus) and Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii).

Lace Border

Lace Border. August 2011. A declining chalkland species trapped on the downs in West Kent.

Many thanks to James Hunter for the photo.

Death's-head Hawk Moth

A blast from the past:

Taken by James Hunter in September 2003 at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Oak Rustic (Dryobota labecula)

Oak Rustic (Dryobota labecula)

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe on 12/11/2012, the second Kent Record.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Barred Rivulet (Perizoma bifaciata)

Barred Rivulet, 17/8/13, Holborough Marshes, The Bald Birder

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Red-belted Clearwing

East Malling Research Station 15/8/12

Found by Ross Newham without the use of pheromones in an apple orchard at the research station.

Many thanks to Ross for sharing with us.

Svensson's Copper Underwing

Photos taken by Keith Heaven at Sandwich 10/8/12. As is quite typical for this (and other related) species it was found seeking shelter in a patio umbrella (nest boxes seem to be a favourite as well). The dark labial palps with pale tips are often quoted as one of the ways to separate this from Copper Underwing.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Dioryctria abietella

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe  1/8/2012

Dioryctria abietella

Cydia amplana

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe 4/8/2012

 Cydia amplana

Vine Moth

Caught at St Margaret's at Cliffe 3/8/2012

 Vine Moth (Eupoecilia ambiguella)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Riband Wave ab. remutata

There are two distinct forms of Riband Wave with this being the plain one known as ab. remutata

Many thanks to Keith Heaven for the photo of this moth which he disturbed in his Sandwich garden on the 9th July.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Sharp-angled Peacock (Macaria alternata)

The Sharp-angled Peacock needs separating from the Peacock. Several of the methods described are unreliable, or difficult in worn specimens. In the Sharp-angled Peacock the sub-terminal band is more distinctive and is clearly visible from below, in the Peacock this band is more subdued and not prominent from below.

Sharp-angled Peacock (Macaria alternata) - Underside

Caught 2/7/2012, The Hidden House, St Margaret's at Cliffe.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Olethreutes arcuella

A walk around East Blean was disappointing in that no Heath Fritillaries could be found but at least a couple of moths played ball with the Olethreutes arcuella being Nb.  

Olethreutes arcuella, 4/6/12, East Blean Woods, Marcus Lawson

Monday, 4 June 2012

Cream Wave (Scopula floslactata)

Cream Wave, 4/6/12, East Blean Woods, Marcus Lawson

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Tudeley Woods - 2nd June 2012

Incurvaria oehlmanniella

Lesser Cream Wave

Lobesia reliquana 

Micropterix calthella

Pammene germmana

All seen during an afternoon walk around this RSPB reserve.

Elachista argentella

Paddock Wood - 27th May 2012

Emmetia marginea

Paddock Wood - 2nd June 2012

 Freyer's Pug
Paddock Wood - 2nd June 2012

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Loxostege sticticalis

Loxostege sticticalis caught on 31/5/2012, my first record of this immigrant Crambid. It is slightly atypical as it doesn't show the normally present pale "square" stigma on the forewing.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Lunar Double-stripe (Minucia lunaris)

Taken in Tony's actinic trap on 26/5/2012
Lunar Double-stripe, 26/5/12, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Tony Morris

2456 Lunar Double-stripe, Minucia lunaris, 26/5/12, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Tony Morris

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Conobathra tumidana

Conobathra tumidana

Caught on 4th August 2009