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.
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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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Friday 10 June 2016

Field Trip - 09/06/16 - Roughdown Common - Hemel Hempstead

The Herts Moth Group assembled at Roughdown Common for their third official outing of the year.

Roughdown Common is an exceedingly important site for wildlife on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of sub-urban Hemel Hempstead.
Predominantly chalk grassland with an intersecting wooded section and split right down the middle by the A41, Roughdown Common is an outstanding site for a variety of moth species.

We arrived at 7.30pm, early enough to have a walk around with a net and pots and we quickly added 17 species to kick-start our list, amongst the swarms of Diamond-back moths for which we netted 2/3rds of the time there was plenty of other species to keep us interested.
Species such as Eupoecilia angustana, Micropterix aruncella and Cauchas fibulella were absolutely stunning to observe.
By 8.30pm the rest of the team had arrived...we would need the extra hands to set up the 11 traps! 

We decided to cover all areas of the reserve with traps out in the open field, some along the border of the A41 and then running through the wood and over-looking the Dell.
Conditions were pretty much perfect, no wind, warm at 22 degrees and with a smattering of thin cloud which would hopefully be just enough to lock the warmth in and it was, with a comfortable 13 degrees when I left at 2am.
The variety of moths was pretty astounding and despite quite possibly the slowest Spring on record things are beginning to pick up.
Highlights from the traps were Small Angle Shades, Dark Sword-grass, Puss Moth, Figure of Eighty and Alabonia geoffrella, the latter typically being a day-flying moth but both of my records have been to light! 

I think we were a little bit early for the typical chalkland species such as Pretty Chalk Carpet and Royal Mantle, the vegetation being about 2 weeks behind the norm would suggest so.

Final list is 142 species

Numbers below are approximate as it really was hard trying to count them all!

Catch Report - 09/06/16 - Roughdown Common - 5x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 125w MV + Sheet 1x 26w BLB Robinson Trap 1x 80w Actinic Suitcase Trap 1x 40w Actinic and 2 Actinic Bucket Traps

Macro Moths -  90 Species

2x Angle Shades
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
3x Brimstone Moth
4x Broken-barred Carpet
5x Brown Rustic
1x Buff Ermine
2x Buff-tip
1x Cinnabar
2x Clouded Border
1x Clouded-bordered Brindle
1x Clouded Brindle
1x Common Carpet
10x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Common Pug
30x Clouded Silver
15+ Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot
2x Common White Wave
1x Coronet
1x Dark Arches
1x Dark Sword-grass
2x Double Square-spot
1x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Figure of Eighty
2x Flame
1x Flame Carpet
4x Flame Shoulder
2x Foxglove Pug
1x Garden Carpet
10+ Green Carpet
2x Green Pug
5x Grey Pug
1x Haworth's Pug
10x Heart & Dart
3x Ingrailed Clay
5x Large Nutmeg
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Black Arches
5x Light Brocade
2x Light Emerald
1x Lime Hawk-moth
1x Maiden's Blush
10x Marbled Minor
1x Marbled White-spot
1x Middle-barred Minor
1x Miller
3x Mottled Pug
2x Mottled Rustic
5x Orange Footman
1x Pale Oak Beauty
1x Pale Prominent
3x Pale Tussock
1x Peach Blossom
1x Pebble Prominent
2x Peppered Moth
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Privet Hawk-moth
2x Purple Bar
1x Puss Moth
10x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Scorched Carpet
2x Scorched Wing
6x Setaceous Hebrew Character
3x Shears
1x Shoulder-striped Wainscot
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
4x Silver-Y
2x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Small Angle Shades
1x Small Clouded Brindle
1x Small Dusty Wave
2x Small  Elephant Hawk-moth
1x Small Rivulet
2x Small Square-spot
1x Snout
1x Spectacle
2x Straw Dot
1x Swallow Prominent
1x Treble Brown Spot
2x Tawny Marbled Minor
1x Toadflax Brocade
10+ Treble Lines
1x Vine's Rustic
3x White Ermine
1x White-pinion Spotted
1x White-spotted Pug
2x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow Shell
1x Yellow-barred Brindle 

Micro Moths - 52 Species

1x Tinea trinotella
2x Endothenia gentianaeana
2x Dichrorampha alpinana - Gen Det
2x Dichrorampha aeratana - Gen Det
3x Eupoecilia angustana
3x Micropterix aruncella
4x Nemophora degeerella
1x Eudonia angustea
2x Cnephasia communana - Gen Det
10+ Hedya pruniana
Lots+ Plutella xylostella
8x Celypha lacunana
10+ Crambus lathoniellus
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Cauchas fibulella
1x Bryotropha terrella
5x Cochylimorpha straminea
1x Eucosma cana
2x Agonopterix arenella
1x Aphelia paleana
3x Agapeta hamana
2x Agapeta zoegana
1x Cydia pomonella
1x Notocelia uddmanniana
2x Notocelia trimaculana
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
3x Metzneria metzneriella
10+ Scoparia ambigualis
4x Scoparia pyralella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Epiblema costipunctana
4x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
1x Coptotriche marginea
1x Pseudatemelia flavifrontella - Gen Det
2x Eulamprotes unicolorella - Gen Det
1x Eudonia pallida
1x Eudonia lacustrata
1x Alabonia geoffrella
1x Cryptoblabes bistriga
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Udea olivalis
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
8x Teleiodes luculella
4x Pandemis cerasana
2x Epinotia bilunana
1x Archips podana
1x Parornix sp
1x Eudonia mercurella
2x Mompha raschkiella
1x Triaxomera parasitella
1x Nematopogon swammerdamella
2x Caloptilia syringella

Alabonia geoffrella

Dichrorampha alpinana - Gen Det

Epiblema costipunctana

Eupoecilia angustana

Micropterix aruncella

Notocelia trimaculana

Small Angle Shades

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