Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
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I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
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Sunday 22 May 2011

Field Trip - Canvey Wick - Canvey Island

Made our first trip of the year to Canvey Wick at Canvey Island last night. Equipped with 2 traps, 1 with a 160w Mercury Blended Bulb + 22w Actinic Robinson style trap, the other with a 150w Halogen bulb and dual 40w Actinic Skinner trap.
We opted to leave the 125w Robinsion's at home as we would no be able to carry them with the heavy chokes that you need to run them.
Walking along the path towards our trapping spot, there was lots of evidence of moth activity, so we did a quick recce and positioned our traps on the large circular tarmac areas which were left when the massive Oil drums where removed some years back now.
Moth activity at the lights was slow, but did pick up as full darkness approached, we were very concerned at how clear it was as the daytime temperature had reached 21c, at nearly 10pm it had fallen to 14c, throughout the next few hours the temperature did fluctuate as we got a few fine wisps of cloud over our heads.
First moths to arrive were a few micro's which were quickly potted up and then lots of Common Swifts arrived.
There seemed to be periods where there were lots of moths flying in and then it would go completely quiet.
Nevertheless we managed some good species including 8 Cream-spot Tiger's, 1 Fox Moth, 12+ Light Brocade and a single Sloe Pug, all being new for me and that is pretty good going considering i've been regularly trapping for over 4 years now.
Graham had one new species to his trap, a Puss Moth, which came in right at the last minute of packing up.

Here is the list of Moths recorded on the night and amounts

Macro Moths - (44 species)

6x Common Swift
1x Fox Moth [NEW] - Female
4x Pebble Hook-tip
1x Figure of Eighty
2x Mullein Wave
1x Cream Wave
2x Common Carpet
1x Waved Umber
1x Mottled Pug
3x Common Pug
1x Freyer's Pug
1x Sloe Pug [NEW]
1x Clouded Border
2x Peacock Moth
4x Sharp-angled Peacock
1x Peppered Moth
1x Willow Beauty
2x Pale Oak Beauty
7x Common White Wave
2x Common Wave
2x Clouded Silver
8x Light Emerald
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Puss Moth
2x Pebble Prominent
4x Pale Prominent
8x Cream-spot Tiger Moth [NEW]
1x White Ermine
5x Heart & Dart
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
4x Flame Shoulder
1x Ingrailed Clay
7x Setaceous Hebrew Character
12x Light Brocade [NEW]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Clay
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
1x Grey Dagger
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot
10x Marbled Minor
10x Mottled Rustic
8x Cream-bordered Green Pea
1x Straw Dot
1x Snout

Cream-spot Tiger Moth

Fox Moth

Light Brocade

Cream Wave

Cream-bordered Green Pea

Mullein Wave

Sloe Pug

Micro Moths
- (20 species)

1x Argyresthia curvella
1x Coleophora sp.
3x Cochylis hybridella
2x Cochylis nana
1x Cochylis sp. to id
1x Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana
1x Cydia nigricana
1x Dichrorampha alpinana
6x Epiblema trimaculana
1x Gypsonoma sociana [NEW]
3x Hedya pruniana
1x Phycitodes maritima [NEW]
3x Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana
1x Syndemis musculana
1x Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Epinotia biluna
2x Epiblema cynosbatella
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Cnephasia sp.

Gypsonoma sociana

Cochylis hybridella

Phycitodes maritima

Cochylis nana

Epiblema trimaculana

Cyclamen Tortrix
Clepsis spectrana

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