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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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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Sunday 20 July 2014

Roughdown Common - Hemel Hempstead - Field Trip - 17/07/14

I was joined by David and Roger to Roughdown Common on a very favourable evening weatherwise.

We had hit 33 degrees earlier on and as we arrived at Roughdown to start setting up, it was still a heady 25 degrees at 9pm!

We did know of storms that were expected early morning, I thought we would be packed up and long gone before they turned up.

As the evening went on it got very breezy indeed and this did hamper the catch somewhat...luckily we were just packing up the last trap at 2am when a flash of lightning caught our attention coming in on a Southerly from London.

With traps all packed up it was a brisk walk back to the car...most of the gear was loaded and then the heavens opened.

The moths were represented by most species but in relatively low numbers for the time of year.

I was very very nice to see so many Dark Umbers, Brown Scallops and Maple Pugs.

Highlight of the night was a new micro for us all, Metalampra italica a possible accidental introduction in 2003 is responsible for this and all previous records as it was only known in the past from Italy!

Catch Report - 17/07/14 – Roughdown Common - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 40w Lucent Suitcase Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap.

96 Macros and 80 Micros (176 species)

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Black Arches
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
6x Brown Scallop
2x Brown-line Bright-eye
1x Brown-tail
2x Buff Arches
4x Buff Footman
3x Clay
3x Cloaked Minor
5x Clouded Border
1x Clouded Brindle
8x Clouded Silver
3x Common Carpet
2x Common Emerald
5x Common Rustic
2x Common White Wave
10x Coronet
8x Dark Arches
10x Dark Umber
2x Dingy shears
1x Dot Moth
4x Double Square-spot  
1x Drinker
2x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Brocade
3x Early Thorn
2x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Fan-foot 
1x Fern
1x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder 
2x Ghost Moth
2x Green Pug
1x Grey Dagger
4x Haworth's Pug
1x Heart & Club
4x Heart & Dart 
4x July Highflyer
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
1x Light Emerald 
1x Lime-speck Pug
2x Maple Prominent
10x Maple Pug
2x Marbled Minor
1x Miller
3x Mottled Beauty
2x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pale Prominent
2x Peach Blossom
1x Pebble Prominent
3x Peppered Moth
1x Phoenix
1x Pine Hawk-moth 
1x Poplar Grey
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Pretty Chalk Carpet
1x Purple Bar
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
5x Riband Wave 
4x Ruby Tiger
1x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Scarce Footman
1x Scarce Silver-lines
1x Scorched Carpet
2x Shaded Broad-bar
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Six-spot Burnet
1x Slender Brindle
1x Small Angle Shades
2x Small Emerald
2x Small Fan-foot
10x Small Fan-footed Wave
4x Small Rivulet
2x Smoky Wainscot
2x Snout
2x Spectacle
5x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Sycamore
1x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Tawny Speckled Pug
6x Tree-lichen Beauty
3x Uncertain
1x Vapourer Moth
1x White-spotted Pug
1x Willow Beauty
1x Wormwood Pug
1x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Metalampra italica [NEW!]
6x Blastobasis laticolella
2x Blastobasis adustella  
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Agapeta hamana
10+ Agapeta zoegana
2x Coleophora sp
2x Cydia splendana
1x Agonopterix heracliana sp
1x Hypatima rhomboidella
2x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Parornix sp
2x Eudemis profundana
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana  
1x Eurrhypara hortulata  
20+ Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Agonopterix arenella  
1x Pandemis cerasana  
4x Pandemis heparana
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Homoeosoma sinuella
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Phycita roborella    
2x Celypha lacunana  
1x Archips podana  
1x Hedya nubiferana  
7x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Epinotia demarniana  
3x Eudonia mercurella  
12x Cnephasia sp  
2x Coleophora sp
2x Ditula angustiorana  
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
10+ Eucosma cana
3x Batia unitella  
5x Acleris forsskaleana
2x Argyresthia albistria
20+ Eucosma hohenwartiana
1x Eucosma obumbratana
2x Aspilapteryx tringipennella
2x Bucculatrix nigricomella  
1x Rhopobota naevana
1x Epiblema costipunctana
1x Teleiodes vulgella  
2x Carcina quercana  
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla
4x Catoptria falsella
1x Oncocera semirubella  
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana  
5x Endotricha flammealis
1x Stigmella sp
3x Ancylis badiana
4x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Phlyctaenia coronata
2x Limnaecia phragmitella
2x Syncopacma sp
2x Plutella xylostella
1x Gypsonoma dealbana  
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Agriphila straminella
2x Crambus perlella
2x Dichomeris marginella  
2x Eucosma campoliliana  
10x Aethes rubigana
1x Aethes cnicana
2x Batia lunaris 
2x Udea prunalis
2x Clepsis consimilana
1x Pammene fasciana
1x Epinotia nisella
2x Acentria ephemerella
1x Recurvaria leucatella
2x Catoptria pinella
2 Epiblema uddmmaniana
1 Cochylimorpha straminea  
1x Eudonia pallida  
2x Archips xylosteana  
10+ Celypha striana    
5x Scoparia ambigualis  
2x Yponomeuta evonymella

Hypatima rhomboidella

Tawny Speckled Pug

Metalampra italica

Endothenia gentianaeana

Dichomeris marginella

Oncocera semirubella

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