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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Saturday 13 July 2013

A very busy night!

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - 12/07/13

Last night David and myself paid a visit to Roughdown Common in search of
some more species to add to the site list, and to hopefully find the Pale
Shining Brown
. In short we didn't get the target species, but it was nothing
to be disheartened by, as we were actually running out of pots and energy
to keep up with the amount of moths (particularly micros of which there were
some good species)
The night was warm, still and cloudy and the absolute perfect night for mothing
and easily the warmest night so far with a steady 20c as were turning up at 9pm.
We managed to go all out and setup 4 traps running off the genny.
Of all of the 4 traps, both the MV's did very well, but the 80w Actinic impressed
with the amount of micros that were found in and around it, the Skinner trap
was literally covered with them.
The sky did eventually clear but the temperature when we packed up at 2am was still
a great 15c.
The amount of Coronets was a shock with at least 15 recorded between all 4 traps.
Other good moths included Bordered Pug, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Blackneck, Dark Umber and Brown Scallop.
The micros were even more of a surprise, with some still to check.

Numbers below are approximate.

159 species total
(91 Macro - 68 Micro)

12/07/13 - Roughdown Common - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap run from 9.45pm until 2.00am

Macro Moths

1x Barred Yellow
3x Beautiful Golden-Y
2x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Blackneck
3x Blue-bordered Carpet
4x Bordered Pug
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Broad-barred White
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Brown Rustic
4x Brown Scallop
1x Brown-line Bright-eye
5x Buff Arches
1x Buff Ermine
1x Buff-tip
1x Burnished Brass
5x Clay
2x Clouded Border
2x Clouded Brindle
20x Clouded Silver
2x Clouded-bordered Brindle
2x Common Carpet
3x Common Emerald
2x Common Footman
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Wainscot
3x Common White Wave
15x Coronet
1x Currant Pug
20x Dark Arches
4x Dark Umber
4x Dot Moth
15x Double Square-spot
2x Dusky Brocade
6X Elephant Hawk-moth
3x Fan-foot
3x Fern
1x Figure of Eighty
8x Flame
10x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet
8x Ghost Moth
6x Green Pug
1x Green Silver-lines
3x Grey Dagger
1x Haworth's Pug
8x Heart & Club
5x Heart & Dart
2x Ingrailed Clay
1x Iron Prominent
4x July Highflyer
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Light Arches
10x Light Emerald
2x Lime-speck Pug
1x Lobster Moth
5x Maple Prominent
10x Marbled Minor
4x Miller
12x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Pale Mottled Willow
3x Peach Blossom
10x Peppered Moth
2x Plain Golden-Y
2x Poplar Grey
3x Pretty Chalk Carpet
10x Riband Wave
4x Rustic
2x Scarce Footman
1x Shaded Broad-bar

1x Shaded Pug
1x Shark
2x Short-cloaked Moth
3x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Small Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Small Emerald
1x Small Fan-fooed Wave
1x Small Rivulet
1x Small Square-spot
1x Small Yellow Wave
5x Snout
1x Spectacle
5x Straw Dot
8x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Tawny Marbled Minor
5x Uncertain
2x V-Pug
2x Wormwood Pug

Micro Moths

1x Coleophora trifolii [NEW!]
1x Caloptilia populetorum [NEW!]
1x Monopis obviella [NEW!]
1x Epinotia tedella [NEW!]
1x Epinotia tenerana [NEW!]
2x Eucosma conterminana [NEW!]
1x Merrifieldia baliodactylus [NEW!]
1x Teleoides vulgella [NEW!]

2x Celypha striana
2x Eupoecilia angustana
20x Aleimma loeflingiana
5x Archips podana
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Cochylis hybridella
2x Crambus lathoniellus
15x Pandemis cerasana
2x Prays fraxinella
2x Crambus perlella
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Spilonota ocellana
2x Aphomia sociella
5x Lathronympha strigana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
3x Scoparia pyralella
1x Agapeta hamana
4x Agapeta zoegana
2x Epiblema uddmanniana
10x Eucosma cana
3x Eucosma campoliliana
10x Hedya pruniana
2x Hedya nubiferana
1x Agonopterix arenella
1x Batia unitella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
5x Metzneria metzneriella
3x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
4x Ditula angustiorana
10x Chrysoteuchia culmella
40x Tortrix viridana
3x Udea olivalis
1x Udea prunalis
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla
5x Coleophora sp
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Aethes cnicana
2x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Argyresthia goedartella
1x Pseudoswammerdamia combinella
1x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Endotricha flammealis
2x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Epiblema foenella
2x Ephestia parasitella
10x Epinotia brunnichana
2x Epinotia abbreviana
2x Epiblema trimaculana
2x Aphelia paleana
4x Ancylis achatana
2x Yponomeuta evonymella
5x Archips xylosteana
3x Phycita roborella
1x Catoptria falsella
4x Cydia splendana
1x Eudonia pallida
1x Blastodacna hellerella
1x Anthophila fabriciana
2x Scythropia crataegella

Agapeta zoegana

Blue-bordered Carpet

Bordered Pug

Brown Scallop

Caloptilia populetorum

Dark Umber

Epiblema foenella

Epinotia tedella

Epinotia tenerana

Eucosma conterminana

Merrifieldia baliodactylus

Pretty Chalk Carpet

Pug sp - Gen det

Scythropia crataegella

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