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 11 August 2013

Hemel Hempstead - Field Trip - 08/07/13 - National Moth Night contribution

David, Roger and myself made another effort to trap at Gadesprings again, for my contribution to National Moth Night (as I wouldn't be running a trap in my garden until Sunday night)
The weather was perfect, cloudy and mild with just a hint of breeze. Luckily we had almost finished packing up at about 2am before the rain started.
We set up 2 traps from the mains and a further 3 traps about 200 metres along the canal/watercress beds. Two of the traps were placed right next to large outcrops of Butterbur, in the vain attempt to see whether we could get a Butterbur Moth....that never happened! Although we did get a few interesting species at the end of the night.
Olive was a good record. My only records are below

Hatfield Broad Oak    21/07/2008
Hatfield Broad Oak    22/07/2008
Canvey Wick SSSI      08/07/2010

Interestingly all my previous records are from Essex, so this is my first Hertfordshire specimen.

Other moths of note were a Dioryctria, possbly abietella due to its plainess and size (I have set the specimen for further identification),  Ypsolopha sequella which I haven't seen for awhile now, and a possible Elachista gleichenella, which to my knowledge is extinct in Herts now. I unfortunately let it go after a few photos which I am kicking myself for doing. It does look spot on for this species and has many more markings than atricomella, alpinella and the rest of the confusion species.

Numbers below are approximate 

08/07/13 - Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 22w Actinic + 26w Blacklight Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap run from 9.00pm until 1.30am


124 Species in total
63 Macro Moths &  61 Micro Moths

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
5x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Clay
2x Cloaked Minor
3x Common Carpet
1x Common Emerald
2x Common Footman
4x Common Rustic
1x Common Wave
1x Common Wainscot
1x Copper Underwing
1x Coronet
10x Dark Arches
15x Dingy Footman

10x Double Lobed
1x Double Square-spot
10x Dun-bar

1x Fern
5x Flame Shoulder
1x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
1x Knot Grass
3x Large Yellow Underwing

8x Least Yellow Underwing
15x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Lunar-spotted Pinion
3x Maple Pug

1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Olive
4x Orange Swift

1x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Pale Prominent
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
4x Riband Wave
1x Rosy Rustic
12x Ruby Tiger

1x Sallow Kitten
1x Scorched Carpet

2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
5x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Small Fan-footed Wave
2x Small Phoenix
1x Small Rivulet
1x Smoky Wainscot
5x Snout
1x Southern Wainscot
1x Square-spot Rustic
2x Straw Dot
1x Tawny Speckled Pug

1x Toadflax Pug
4x Tree-lichen Beauty
2x Uncertain
2x V-pug
5x White-spotted Pug
5x Willow Beauty
2x Wormwood Pug
8x Yellow Shell

1x Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella

1x Acleris emargana
2x Acleris forsskaleana

1x Acleris variegana
2x Agapeta hamana
10x Agriphila straminella
5x Agriphila tristella

2x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Apotomis lineana
2x Argyresthia bonnetella
1x Bactra lancealana
1x Batia unitella
2x Blastobasis adustella 
1x Brachmia blandella
1x Calamotropha paludella
1x Caloptilia alchimiella
2x Cameraria ohridella
4x Carcina quercana
2x Cataclysta lemnata
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
4x Clepsis spectrana
1x Cnephasia sp
2x Coleophora sp
2x Dipleurina lacustrata

1x Dioryctria abietella (pending)
5x Elachista canapennella
1x Elachista gleichenella (pending)

5x Elachista maculicerusella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
5x Epinotia nisella
1x Epinotia ramella
1x Eucosma cana

2x Eudemis profundana
1x Eudonia mercurella

1x Eudonia pallida
2x Euzophera pinguis
1x Gypsonoma dealbana
1x Hedya salicella

2x Helcystogramma rufescens
4x Limnaecia phragmitella

2x Mompha epilobiella
1x Monochroa palustrella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
2x Pandemis cerasana
1x Pandemis corylana
5x Pandemis heparana

1x Parornix sp
2x Phycita roborella
50+ Pleuroptya ruralis

3x Plutella xylostella
1x Prays ruficeps
2x Pterophorus pentadactyla
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Rhopobota naevana
2x Spilonota ocellana
4x Trachycera advenella
1x Udea prunalis
2x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Ypsolopha sequella

Dioryctria abietella

Epinotia nisella

Mompha epilobiella

Monochroa palustrella


Ypsolopha sequella

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