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.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
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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Friday 5 July 2013

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - 04/07/13

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - 04/07/13

Last night David and myself decided on blitzing Westbrook Hay, and setup 2 traps near the barn, one at the top of a meadow and the other on the wooden walkway along
a hedgerow towards Hay Wood. The remaining two traps were run in Hay Wood, with the MV overlooking the otherside of Hay Wood.
The moths took quite awhile to get going, possibly due to it being clear, but the temperature did hold up enough for us to enjoy the presence of some moths.
Mostly common species made up the catch with the best moths being 2 cracking Green Arches and a single Coronet.
Singles are still dominating the catch, even where multiple traps are being used and this is a consistant observation.
Grass moths featured well amongst the trap on the meadow, including 4 of the common Crambids, with Crambus perlella being the first I have seen this year.

Numbers of species are approximate.

98 species in total

(70 Macro - 28 Micro)

04/07/13 - Westbrook Hay - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 80w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
2x Beautiful Golden-Y
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Brimstone Moth
1x Buff Arches
1x Buff Ermine
1x Buff-tip
1x Clouded Border
8x Clouded Silver
2x Clouded-bordered Brindle
1x Common Carpet
5x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
2x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot
1x Common Wave
2x Common White Wave
1x Coronet
6x Dark Arches
3x Double Square-spot
1x Dwarf Pug
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Fan-foot
1x Fern
1x Flame
10x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet
2x Ghost Moth
2x Green Arches
1x Green Carpet
2x Green Pug
1x Green Silver-lines
2x Grey-pine Carpet
4x Grey Pug
2x Heart & Club
20x Heart & Dart
3x Ingrailed Clay
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
1x Light Arches
10x Light Emerald
1x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Maple Prominent
5x Marbled Minor
1x Marbled White Spot
2x Middle-barred Minor
3x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
2x Orange Footman
2x Pale Prominent
2x Peach Blossom
4x Peppered Moth
2x Poplar Grey
1x Riband Wave
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Scorched Wing
6x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
10x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Small Square-spot
5x Snout
1x Spectacle
5x Spruce Carpet
15x Straw Dot
2x Treble Lines
2x Uncertain
2x White Ermine
1x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Archips podana
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Crambus lathoniellus
8x Pandemis cerasana
2x Prays fraxinella

1x Rhyacionia pinivorana
2x Lathronympha strigana
3x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Agapeta hamana
2x Epiblema uddmanniana
1x Eucosma cana
4x Hedya pruniana
1x Hedya nubiferana
5x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Tinea semifulvella
1x Nemapogon cloacella
10x Tortrix viridana
1x Crambus pascuella
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Cochylimorpha straminea
2x Bryotropha terrella
1x Nomophila noctuella
2x Epiblema trimaculana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Coleophora sp
1x Crambus perlella
2x Anthophila fabriciana

Green Arches - Double take

Lathronympha strigana

Rhyacionia pinivorana

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