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!


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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Saturday 20 May 2017

Field Trip - Scales Park - 16/05/17 + New for County record!

On Tuesday night I joined several fellow moth'ers to a very large Wood in the North-east corner of Hertfordshire for some moth trapping.
We had been granted permission to be there because this is quite a highly guarded site with reasonable tight security as it has a shooting ground in the vicinity and use to be a main RAF/USAF base in WW2, in fact looking on a map from 1944, my traps were positioned right over where the bomb dump use to be!

The weather was warm and sunny and up to 24 degrees in the afternoon but extremely windy which made netting nearly impossible! But by the evening the wind had dropped but the rain started as soon as we turned up and with less wind, it wasn't going to be blown through anytime soon.

We got soaked and the equipment suffered as well with no less than 5 blown bulbs, luckily my gear just about survived although I had to throw a load of egg trays out as they were completely sodden and ripped.

Firstly though, I managed to do some day-time netting before the night trapping effort and was rewarded with some great moths, including a new one for me, Pammene rhediella (unfortunately it was quite worn).

Adela croesella also turned up, and is the County 3rd record after both 1st and 2nd County records were found in 2011 by myself and Andrew Wood on the same night! A joint County first record doesn't happen very often.
In fact...was this to be a sign? Spookily Andrew and I may have caught the same moth again on the same night and a County first once again.
Mine has been confirmed as of last night as the first South-east record of Pammene ignorata and the 12th County that it has been recorded in.

Some great moths were found and a few are still pending identification including two possible
Epinotia tetraquetrana which would also be a new moth for me, but having never seen it before I thought I would get it checked.
I'm not pretty confident that it is Epinotia tetraquetrana.

Day-time 16/05/17 - Scales Park - North-east Herts

1x Adela croesella 
2x Adela fibulella 
15+ Anthophila fabriciana
15+ Cauchas rufimitrella
5x Celypha lacunana
1x Common Pug
1x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Dichrorampha sp (to be gen det by Graeme Smith)
1x Dichrorampha plumbana
1x Epiblema scutulana sp (to be gen det by Graeme Smith) 
2x Epinotia subocellana 
1x Epinotia tedella
100+ Glyphipterix simpliciella
100+ Micropterix calthella 
1x Monopis weaverella
1x Nemapogon schwarziellus
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
1x Orange Footman 
1x Pammene rhediella [NEW!]
3x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 
1x Pyrausta aurata
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Rivulet
1x Silver-ground Carpet
1x Silver-Y
1x Syndemis musculana
3x Psyche casta (Case)

Catch Report - 16/05/17 - Scales Park - North-east Herts - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x Synergetic Skinner Trap & 1x 40w Actinic Trap
70 species

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
1x Barred Hook-tip
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Brindled Pug
1x Broken-barred Carpet
2x Chinese Character
2x Clouded Border
2x Common Carpet
2x Common Pug
1x Common Swift
1x Common White Wave
15x Cream Wave
4x Flame Shoulder
2x Grey pine Carpet
2x Hebrew Character
1x Iron Prominent
5x Latticed Heath
1x Least black Arches
1x Light Emerald
2x Maiden's Blush
1x Maple Prominent
15x Mottled Pug
2x Nut-tree Tussock
5x Oak-tree Pug
60x Orange Footman
1x Pale Oak Beauty 
2x Pale Prominent
10x Pale Tussock
5x Pebble Hook-tip 
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Peppered Moth
3x Poplar Hawk-moth
5x Poplar Lutestring
5x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Sandy Carpet
8x Scalloped Hazel
1x Scalloped Hook-tip
2x Scorched Carpet
4x Seraphim
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Silver-ground Carpet
5x Small Phoenix
1x Spectacle
1x Streamer
3x V-Pug
1x Waved umber
3x White Ermine 
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
Micro Moths

1x Agapeta hamana
1x Agonopterix arenella
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
5x Bucculatrix nigricomella 
1x Caloptilia robustella/alchimiella
1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Cryptoblabes bistriga 
10+ Glyphipterix simpliciella 
20+ Epinotia subocellana
5x Epinotia tedella
2x Epinotia tetraquetrana [NEW!] (to be gen det by Graeme Smith)
1x Endrosis sarcitrella 
2x Eulia ministrana
1x Monopis weaverella
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
1x Pammene Ignorata [NEW!] (Gen det by Graeme Smith)
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 
1x Strophedra sp (to be gen det by Graeme Smith) 
1x Swammerdamia caesiella?? (to be gen det by Graeme Smith)
3x Syndemis musculana
1x Tinea semifulvella

MV Robinson Trap Position

Homemade MV 125w + 160w MBT

1944 to 2017 showing trap positions

My trap positions

A net full of Micropterix calthella

Scalloped Hook-tip


Epinotia tetraquetrana

Epinotia subocellana

Cream Wave

Poplar Lutestring

Pammene rhediella

Pyrausta aurata

Pammene Ignorata

Eulia ministrana

Dichrorampha plumbana

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