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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NEW! = New Species For My Records

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

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Sunday 22 June 2014

Westbrook Hay - Hemel Hempstead - Field Trip - 20/06/14

David, Roger, Steve and myself tried a session trapping on the Westbrook Hay site consisting of unimproved grassland and surrounding ancient woodland.
We parked up and intended to run a few traps from the Old Barn electrics and then walk with a few traps and the genny to somewhere towards Ramacre Wood, overlooking Hay Wood as well.

Unfortunately the electric sockets in the Old Barn did not work (although strangely all the lights did) so after setting up two traps and laying 100 metres of cable to find they wouldn't work, we had to pack it all up and go to plan B, take all but one of the traps with us alongside the bridlepath leading to Ramacre Wood.
This part of Westbrook Hay has been previously untrapped, unfortunately it was very humid (good for moths) and we were plagued by Horse-flies, well I was! One got the tip of my index finger but I got off lightly luckily.
Not to be put off anymore, as soon as I pulled the cord on the generator the wind got up! You couldn't make it up!
Luckily the wind was on and off, but when it was on it was blowing quite considerably. I thought we should put a trap on the bridlepath shielded from the wind, and this trap did pretty well indeed.

All in all a great trip marred by a few niggles, you can't have it all I suppose.

The catch was mainly made up of Middle-barred Minor, Straw Dot, Tortrix viridana, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Aleimma loeflingiana and Chrysoteuchia culmella.

Highlights were Green Arches, White-point, Phlyctaenia perlucidalis, Alabonia geoffrella and Archips crataegana.

Stenoptilia pterodactyla was potted up in my car, it must have still been in one of the traps as we were loading them in. Identified by its white costal streak.

Catch Report - 20/06/14 - Westbrook Hay - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 40w Lucent Suitcase Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap.

59 Macros and  49 Micros ( 108 species)

Macro Moths

2x Beautiful Hook-tip
5x Brimstone Moth
2x Buff Ermine 

2x Buff Footman  
1x Burnished Brass  
2x Clouded Border  
30+ Clouded Silver  
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot  
1x Common White Wave  
1x Coronet
8x Dark Arches  
2x Double Square-spot  
1x Drinker  
2x Engrailed
5x Fan-foot  
2x Flame  
3x Flame Shoulder  
1x Foxglove Pug  
2x Garden Carpet
2x Ghost Moth  
1x Green Arches  
4x Green Silver-lines  
4x Grey Pug
3x Heart & Club  
12x Heart & Dart   
2x Ingrailed Clay  
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet  
5x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Light Arches  
1x Light Brocade
4x Light Emerald  
1x Lobster Moth
1x Maiden's Blush  
5x Marbled Minor
2x Marbled White Spot  
20x Middle-barred Minor  
7x Mottled Beauty  
4x Mottled Rustic  
3x Peach Blossom  
2x Peppered Moth  
5x Riband Wave  
1x Scorched Wing  
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Shears  
4x Shoulder-striped Wainscot  
1x Silver-ground Carpet  
1x Small Clouded Brindle  
5x Small Square-spot
2x Snout  
20+ Straw Dot  
2x Treble Brown Spot  
8x Uncertain  
3x White Ermine
1x White-point  
1x Willow Beauty
3x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Alabonia geoffrella [NEW!]
1x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Swammerdamia pyrella
1x Bryotropha terrella
1x Parachronistis albiceps
8x Epinotia abbreviana
1x Ancylis achatana
2x Eucosma hohenwartiana
1x Agonopterix arenella
7x Aphomia sociella
20+ Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
20+ Tortrix viridana 
50+ Chrysoteuchia culmella
10x Pandemis cerasana
5x Pandemis heparana
4x Celypha lacunana
2x Archips podana
1x Archips crataegana
2x Hedya pruniana
10x Hedya nubiferana
2x Clepsis consimilana
1x Acentria ephemerella
2x Argyresthia albistria
1x Argyresthia conjugella
2 Eudonia mercurella
15+ Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Phycita roborella
2x Cnephasia sp
1x Scrobipalpa acuminatella
1x Ditula angustiorana
1x Phlyctaenia perlucidalis
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
2x Crambus perlella
5x Udea olivalis
1x Udea prunalis
1x Lozotaenia forsterana
12x Archips xylosteana
2x Celypha striana
2x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Anthophila fabriciana
1x Elachista argentella
1x Teleiodes luculella
1x Emmetia marginea
1x Stenoptilia pterodactyla

Blue dot : Car Park Red Dots : Trap locations spread 50m apart

Alabonia geoffrella

Ancylis achatana

Archips crataegana

Argyresthia albistria

Argyresthia conjugella

Epinotia abbreviana

Epinotia abbreviana

Eucosma hohenwartiana

Orthopygia glaucinalis

Stenoptilia pterodactyla

Stenoptilia pterodactyla - White costal streak

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on the Alabonia geoffrella, Ben. It's a beauty!