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!


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

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Saturday 31 August 2013

Hemel Hempstead Field Trip - Back to Gadesprings

Had another much anticipated trip back to Gadesprings, and was joined by Roger on a very mild night with increasing cloud cover, the clouds did look threatening and we were expecting rain soon after setting up, but as forecast the rain held off. We were hoping for some Wainscots, and we did get a few, well they were all Common Wainscots apart from one Bulrush Wainscot.
Unfortunately the Garden Darts that I suspected that we had caught, all turned out to be just a variation of Square-spot Rustic, all looking slightly odd with extreme over-lapping of forewings.
Best micro was  Ypsolopha alpella a scarce moth in the southern part of Hertfordshire, it is a moth that I recorded on my parents farm for the first time in 2011.
We were surprised with the good count of species for this time of year, 2 good conditioned Heart & Darts was a surprise and being dive-bombed by lots of Old Ladies was fun!
All in all a good trip and well worth the effort of setting up 4 traps.

Numbers below are approximate 

29/08/13 - Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Trap run from 8.20pm until 1.00am


98 Species in total
56 Macro Moths & 42 Micro Moths

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
8x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Bulrush Wainscot
1x Burnished Brass
6x Centre-barred Sallow
5x Common Carpet
1x Common Footman
2x Cloaked Minor
2x Common Rustic
8x Common Wainscot
2x Common Wave
5x Copper Underwing
2x Dark Arches
15x Dingy Footman
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Thorn
8x Feathered Gothic
1x Flame Carpet
5x Flame Shoulder
2x Flounced Rustic
2x Garden Carpet
5x Green Carpet
2x Heart & Dart
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Yellow Underwing
10x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Lime-speck Pug
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Nut-tree Tussock
8x Old Lady
4x Orange Swift
1x Phoenix
1x Purple Bar
1x Rosy Rustic
1x Scalloped Oak
1x Scorched Carpet
4x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Small Phoenix
2x Small Square-spot
2x Snout
1x Spectacle
25x Square-spot Rustic
15x Straw Dot
1x Tawny Speckled Pug
1x Tree-lichen Beauty
10x Vine's Rustic
2x Willow Beauty
4x Yellow Shell
2x Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

1x Batrachedra praeangusta
1x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Caloptilia robustella
2x Argyresthia pruniella
2x Pandemis heparana
1x Agriphila tristella
1x Acleris variegana
1x Phycita roborella
2x Catoptria falsella
1x Cameraria ohridella
2x Coleophora sp.
1x Yponomeuta sp.
2x Eudonia mercurella
1x Prays fraxinella
1x Prays ruficeps
2x Scrobipalpa costella
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
5x Limnaecia phragmitella
2x Blastobasis adustella
2x Ypsolopha scabrella
1x Emmetia marginea
1x Celypha lacunana
8x Elachista maculicerusella
1x Anthophila fabriciana

1x Ypsolopha alpella
1x Cataclysta lemnata
5x Clepsis spectrana
1x Bactra lancealana
10x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Scythropia crataegella
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Pandemis corylana
1x Cydia splendana
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
5x Epinotia nisella
1x Epinotia immundana
4x Agriphila geniculea
2x Trachycera advenella
2x Acleris laterana
1x Agonopterix arenella
1x Apotomis lineana
1x Dichrorampha sp.

Dichrorampha sp.

Epinotia immundana

Rosy Rustic

Scrobipalpa costella

Scythropia crataegella

Square-spot Rustic

Ypsolopha alpella

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