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.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
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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Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Wednesday 18 July 2012

17th July 2012: Gade Springs Watercress Beds, Hemel Hempstead, Herts

17th July 2012: Gade Springs Watercress Beds, Hemel Hempstead, Herts

I decided to take an hour long drive to these site right across to the est side of Hertfordshire. I was given permission to run traps from the mains electricity point to see what the catch would yield.
A fellow Herts moth group member, Roger Prue decided to join me in our quest for some new records for this superb site that runs alongside the Grand Union Canal.
3 Traps were set up and switched on at 9.30pm and run until 1am, a combination of 125w MV, 160w MBT and 22w/26w Compact fluorescent combo were used and spaced 50m apart from each other.

The conditions were perfect and soon many moths were seen flying, some promptly netted before dusk. 

The list featured well over 100 species of moths in total and personal highlights for me were 2 new Macro Moth species, Wormwood Pug and Plain Golden-Y.
Other good records included Barred Red, Platyptilia ochrodactyla and Recurvaria leucatella.

Numbers weren't counted so just species are represented.

Macro Moths

Wormwood Pug [NEW!]
Plain Golden-Y [NEW!]
Dotted Fan-foot 
Barred Red
Minor sp.
Light Arches
Heart & Club
Nut-tree Tussock
Small Emerald
Burnished Brass
Dingy Shears
Garden Carpet
July Highflyer
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Lesser Common Rustic (Gen det to be done)
Double-striped Pug
Mottled Beauty
Scarce Footman
Light Emerald
Green Pug
Buff Ermine
Riband Wave
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Elephant Hawk-moth
Bright-line Brown-eye
Willow Beauty
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Common Carpet
Clouded Silver
Dot Moth
Heart & Dart
Flame Shoulder
Mottled Rustic
Shaded Broad-bar
Double Square-spot
Buff Arches
Scorched Carpet
Round-winged Muslin
Leopard Moth
Double Lobed
Dark Arches
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Dingy Footman
Dwarf Cream Wave
Common Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Single-dotted Wave
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Platyptilia ochrodactyla [NEW!]
Pammene fasciana [NEW!]
Argresthia sp.
Phalonidia manniana 
Recurvaria leucatella
Aethes rubigana
Phlyctaenia coronata
Elachista maculicerusella
Batia unitella
Eucosma cana
Phycitodes sp.
Coleophora sp.
Cnephasia sp.  
Dichrorampha sp.
Brachmia blandella 
Dipleurina lacustrata 
Hedya salicella
Mompha ochraella
Codling Moth Cydia pomonella  
Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
Agapeta hamana 
Agriphila straminella
Bryotropha terrella
Crambus pascuella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana 
Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata
Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
Celypha lacunana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Yponomeuta sp.
Phycita roborella
Scoparia ambigualis  
Orthopygia glaucinalis
White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla
Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana
Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis 
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
Eudonia pallida
Lobesia abscisana
Scoparia subfusca

Plain Golden-Y

Barred Red

Wormwood Pug

Aethes rubigana

Elachista maculicerusella

Recurvaria leucatella

Pammene fasciana

Lobesia abscisana

Agriphila straminella

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