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

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Tuesday 2 July 2013

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - 26/06/13

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - 26/06/13

Last night Roger and myself made a trip to Gadesprings to setup 3 traps and then went onto Roughdown Common again. We set one light up next to the chalk pit (MV) and ran a cable through the trees towards the road and
positioned the Actinic within a clearing in the wood.
The weather was pretty much perfect, though a little cooler than our previous trip here, the sky did clear slightly and the temperature on my was home did dip to 9c.
The moths were quick to respond and we were netting lots as they were coming in. The species were mainly singletons albeit apart from several species such as Grey Pug, Heart & Dart, Light Emerald, Common Marbled Carpet, Common Carpet and Mottled Beauty.
Shears was nice to see in good numbers aswell.
Best Macro moths were probably Coronet and Haworth's Pug, the former becoming a regular nowadays in the West of Hertfordshire.
Gadesprings did not fair so good again when we checked the traps at 2am with very little in any of them, but we did get a Miller which was nice.

The suspected Triple-spotted Clay, after checking the underneath of the forewings turned out to be a Double Square-spot.
The Caloptilia was indeed syringella.
Roger did a good spot for the Haworth's Pug.

Numbers of species are approximate.

99 species total

86 species at Roughdown Common (61 Macro - 25 Micro)

52 species at Gadesprings (40 Macro - 12 Micro)

13 extra  species at Gadesprings

[] = Only at Gadesprings


01/07/13 - Roughdown Common - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap run from 10.00pm until 1.45am

Macro Moths

1x Haworth's Pug
1x Mottled Pug
1x Cinnabar
1x Dot Moth
4x Heart & Club
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Common Wainscot
2x Large Nutmeg
1x Coronet
1x Grey-pine Carpet
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Small Phoenix
3x Uncertain
2x Clouded Brindle
5x Brown Rustic
1x Buff-tip
1x Light Arches
1x Clouded Border
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Buff Ermine
1x Purple Bar
2x Common Wave
3x Green Pug
3x Common White Wave
4x Dark Arches
1x Burnished Brass
3x Ingrailed Clay
1x Orange Footman
1x Peach Blossom
1x Lobster Moth
8x Light Emerald
5x Shears
2x Scorched Wing
3x Peppered Moth
2x Marbled White-spot
10x Heart & Dart
1x Flame
5x Flame Shoulder
1x Riband Wave
5x Buff Arches
2x Snout
4x Double Square-spot
5x Clouded Silver
10x Mottled Beauty
4x Beautiful Golden-Y
2x Willow Beauty
1x Fan-foot
3x Silver-ground Carpet
2x Ghost Moth
8x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Straw Dot
10x Grey Pug
1x Treble Brown Spot
8x Common Carpet
2x Green Carpet
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Common Swift
1x Yellow Shell
3x Marbled Minor
1x Tawny Marbled Minor

Micro Moths

2x Celypha lacunana
2x Prays fraxinella
5x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Hedya pruniana
8x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Scoparia pyralella
2x Aphomia sociella
10x Udea olivalis
1x Argyresthia spinosella
15x Pandemis cerasana
3x Epiblema trimaculana
5x Eucosma cana
10x Tortrix viridana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
4x Metzneria metzneriella
1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Nomophila noctuella
1x Tinea semifulvella
1x Spilonota ocellana
1x Archips podana
2x Eucosma campoliliana
1x Cnephasia sp
1x Agapeta zoegana
1x Eucosma hohenwartiana
1x Blastodacna hellerella

01/07/13 - Gadesprings, Hemel Hempstead - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 22w/26w Actinic/Blacklight set-up & 1x 160w MBT Trap run from 9.30pm until 2.00am (125w run until dawn)

Macro Moths

1x Single-dotted Wave []
1x Flame
2x Uncertain
1x Miller []
1x Common Wainscot
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot []
2x Shears
2x Snout
2x Straw Dot
1x Garden Carpet []
1x Common Swift
1x Burnished Brass
2x Light Emerald
1x Buff Arches
2x Buff Ermine
1x Buff-tip
1x White Ermine []
1x Common Wave
1x Common White Wave
1x Small Square-spot []
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Willow Beauty
1x Clouded Border
3x Ingrailed Clay
4x Cinnabar
6x Heart & Dart
4x Heart & Club
3x Peppered Moth
2x Dark Arches
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Pale Prominent []
2x Mottled Beauty
2x Ghost Moth
2x Light Arches
2x Marbled Minor
3x Beautiful Golden-Y
1x Flame
1x Burnished Brass
2x Bright-line Brown-eye []

Micro Moths

1x Endrosis sarcitrella []
1x Nematopogon schwarziellus []
2x Crambus pascuella
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Pandemis cerasana
2x Udea olivalis
1x Mompha ochraceella []
1x Elachista maculicerusella []
2x Eucosma cana
2x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Caloptilia syringella []

Caloptilia syringella

Double Square-spot

Eucosma hohenwartiana

Haworth's Pug

Mottled Beauty

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