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, 30 May 2014

Straw Belle (Aspitates gilvaria)

This male Straw Belle was a surprise reward for the Bald Birder whilst taking his five-year old son on a cliff top walk in the Dover area.

Straw Belle, 30/5/14, Dover/Folkestone area, Kent

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Black-veined Moth (Siona lineata)

Black-Veined Moth - A protected species, restricted to a handful of locations in south-east Kent, it was formerly also found in some other southern counties.

It flies during the day, especially in sunshine, and frequents rough downland, pastures and similar grassy places. (UKMoths).

Black-veined White, 9/6/10, East Kent, John van der Dol

Black-veined Moth, East Kent, James Hunter

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica)

A common species throughout much of Kent - males are most frequently seen at night, attracted to light. Females are day fliers.

The gyandromorph caught by John Beugg at Sandwich BBOT in May 2014 is a stunning beast!

Muslin Moth (males), 24/5/10, Pembury, Josh Jenkins-Shaw

Muslin Moth (female), 5/5/14, Dungeness Lighthouse, Bald Birder

Muslin Moth (Gyandromorph), 9/5/14, Sandwich Bay BOT, John van der Dol

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Pale-shouldered Cloud - Actinotia hyperici

This Pale-shouldered Cloud, a rare continental noctuid, was caught by Ian Roberts in Hythe (representing the 4th record in the Folkestone area). More information via the Folkestone & Hythe Birds website.

The first British record was caught at Dungeness, Kent,in August 1996.

Pale-shouldered Cloud, 22/5/14, Hythe, Ian Roberts

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Cypress Carpet - Thera cupressata

This Cypress Carpet was a welcome find for the Bald Birder on his patio this morning.

The first Kent record was as recently as 21/10/99 - since which it has spread. With the common Leylandii conifer being planted across the county, this moth is set to become more widespread.

Cypress Carpet, 20/5/14, Larkfield, The Bald Birder
Cypress Carpet, 20/5/14, Larkfield, The Bald Birder

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Dark Spectacle - Abrostola triplasia

This Dark Spectacle was trapped at Cliffe Marshes RSPB by the Bald Birder on 18/5/14. Luckily it was trapped with a Spectacle, allowing some interest/direct comparisons.

Reportedly widespread in Kent.

UK Moths: "Occurring in suburban habitats, waste ground and woodland margins, it flies in June and July, sometimes with a second generation in the autumn."

Dark Spectacle - Cliffe Marshes, 18/5/14, Bald Birder

Dark Spectacle (left) with Spectacle (right) - Cliffe Marshes

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Grass Emerald - Pseudoterpna pruinata

Grass Emeralds caught at Dungeness by The Bald Birder - a two week difference in trapping dates.

Grass Emerald, 15/5/14, Dungeness, The Bald Birder

Grass Emerald, 31/5/14, Dungeness, The Bald Birder

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Toadflax Brocade (Calophasia lunula)

From UKmoths: "As a resident species, this moth is restricted to the south-east and central southern coasts of England, where it frequents mainly shingle beaches. It is a relatively recent colonist, arriving around 1950 and quickly gaining a foothold, but appears to be now in decline again. It has two generations, sometimes overlapping, from May to August, and migrants sometimes appear away from the main stronghold in July and August"

Always unexpected, but very welcome, catch in the trap!

Toadflax Brocade, 15/5/14, Hythe, Ian Roberts

Toadflax Brocade, 23/5/10, Paddock Wood, Marcus Lawson

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Four-spotted - Tyta luctuosa

This Four-spotted was observed at Hythe Roughs by Ian Roberts.

A species in decline throughout much of its previous range in the UK, Four-spotted is managing to maintain a foothold in the Brecks, New Forest a nd a few other locations in the UK, south of a line from teh Humber to the Severn.

Four-spotted, 14/5/14, Hythe Roughs, Ian Roberts

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Dew Moth - Setina irrorella

Dew Moth is an early morning flier that also gets on teh wing from afternoon onwards - frequently to be found resting openly on blades of grass or leaves.
Dew Moth, 13/5/14, Abbotscliffe, Ian Roberts