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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Monday 8 September 2014

Roughdown Common - Hemel Hempstead - Field Trip - 04/09/14

The first field trip of September (I wonder how many more now until the weather turns!) 

Last night I was joined by Roger and Steve at Roughdown Common in Hemel Hempstead.
We setup 3 traps, a mix of 125w Mv, 160w MBT and twin 40w Actinic with 26w CFL bulb.
We ran them through the Dell, starting at the top of the chalk pit right through the wood towards the edge of the A41.

Conditions were absolutely perfect with temperatures at around 19 degrees when lights were switched on as early as 8pm (wow these nights are drawing in fast!).

After roughly 4 hours we packed up the traps one by one.

We did relatively well and probably caught most species that were to be expected this time of year.

Best moth had to be the second record for this site this year of Metalampra italica.
Other interesting moths included a White-point, 2 Feathered Gothics, a late(ish) Pretty Chalk Carpet, Juniper Pug and Wax Moth.

There was also hoardes of Hawthorn and Forest Shield Bugs in the trap.

Other animals included a Roesel's Bush-Cricket, a first for me.

We also setup one MV trap up at Gadesprings (or base camp as we call it)

We returned at about 1am to see what was in the trap. There wasn't a great deal but we did manage a further 9 species that we didn't trap at Roughdown Common, with the pick of the bunch being an Orange Sallow and no less than 7 Old Lady's.

Catch Report - 04/09/14 – Roughdown Common - Hemel Hempstead - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 40w Lucent Suitcase Trap, 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap & 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap.

Macro Moths

2x Angle Shades
3x Barred Hook-tip 
2x Black Arches
20x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
8x Centre-barred Sallow
1x Chinese Characte
1x Common Carpet
5x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Common Rustic
3x Common Wainscot
8x Copper Underwing
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Dusky Thorn
5x Feathered Gothic
2x Flame Shoulder 
2x Garden Carpet
10x Green Carpet
1x Grey Dagger
1x Iron Prominent
1x Juniper Pug
3x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Light Emerald 
4x Maiden's Blush
1x Marbled Beauty
4x Mouse Moth
1x Nutmeg
1x Oak Hook-tip
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Pretty Chalk Carpet
1x Purple Bar
2x Ruby Tiger
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Small Square-spot
5x Snout
1x Spectacle
25x Square-spot Rustic
1x Toadflax Pug
2x Vine's Rustic
1x White-point
2x Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

1x Metalampra italica 
5x Agriphila geniculea
3x Cacoecimorpha pronubana
3x Epinotia ramella
1x Epinotia nisella
4x Plutella xylostella
1x Stenolechia gemmella
1x Bucculatrix ulmella
1x Evergestis forficalis
2x Caloptilia syringella
3x Apotomis betuletana
1x Galleria mellonella
2x Cameraria ohridella
2x Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
2x Pandemis corylana
1x Cydia splendana
4x Rhopobota naevana
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x Hypsopygia costalis
2x Ypsolopha scabrella
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Elachista canapennella
1x Coleophora trifolii
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Acleris rhombana
1x Tinea semifulvella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Depressaria daucella
1x Agonopterix arenella
1x Yponomeuta sp
1x Acleris variegana
1x Carcina quercana
2x Argyresthia goedartella
Catch Report - 04/09/14 – Gadesprings - Hemel Hempstead - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Only extra species recorded 

Macro Moths

1x Common Wave
2x Burnished Brass
1x Six-striped Rustic
7x Old Lady
1x Orange Sallow
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet

Micro Moths

2x Clepsis spectrana
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Scythropia crataegella

Bucculatrix ulmella

Galleria mellonella

Juniper Pug

Metalampra italica

Orange Sallow

Stenolechia gemmella


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