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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My Latest Notables and Rarities

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Bramfield Woods - 01/06/19

On Saturday night, and after cancelling the previous Thursday’s trip out due to ill health, I was ready to go again with a few better nights sleep under my belt.
Saturday during the day had been a right ole’ scorcher, with highs of 28 degrees and plenty of warm sunshine. We also had quite a bit of cloud bubble up an hour into the session, and the relative humidity was extremely high.
Thus, the moths responded very well to all manner of spectrums of UV, we ran 10 lights in total across the central and Eastern areas of Bramfield Woods, positioning nearly all of the lights out of site of one another.

An hour in and with that increasing cloud cover, the traps were going bonkers at just before 11pm, so much so, that it was hard to keep up with what had just came in and then noting new arrivals as quickly as I could type up my list.

Trevor’s Traps in the far East did very well for micros, and so did a few of mine in the central/eastern section.
Towards the West more, Colin’s two MV’s rustled up lots of new for site Macro Moths and although originally thinking there weren’t many of the smaller moths present, upon inspection he was pleasantly surprised.

Stand-out Macro Moth species for me were Larch Pug (Seen only once in Essex previously in 2009), Grey Arches (Again just one record from Hexton Chalk Pit in 2014) and Two Great Oak Beauties, which seem to be getting earlier and earlier each year.

Micro Moths was where the night was really, with the warm conditions lasting all night, the sky and egg trays were full of them! So much so that it was quite tricky wading through hundreds of Coleophora and Stigmella’s to find the interesting stuff… o gawd we must have missed heaps I reckon, as we still continued to pack up gone 3am!
A worn Pug that Colin took home with him, after dissection turned out to be the very rare Campanula Pug!

Best moth of the night went to the scarce Pyralid adventive species, Agrota nemoralis.. a new addition to the Herts list and one I had only seen previously in France before, what a stunning looking moth it was.
This was backed up by scarce Pine moths such as Cedestis subfasciella, Cydia conicolana, Elegia similella and Pammene ochsenheimeriana.

Also three specimens of the scarce Tortrix Ancylis diminutana were noteworthy, a species I added to the Bedfordshire list only last year.

Here is the total list so far

Macro Moths : 89 species
Micro Moths : 112 species

Total : 201 species!

Catch Report - 01/06/19 - Bramfield Woods - Hertfordshire - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic & 40w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 5 traps in total + 3 extra traps provided by Trevor and 2 extra traps provided by Colin (10 in total).

Macro Moths

Alder Moth
Angle Shades
Bordered White
Brindled White-spot
Broken-barred Carpet
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver-lines
Buff Ermine
Buff tip
Campanula Pug - GEN DET CWP
Clay Triple-lines
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Coxcomb Prominent
Cream Wave
Dark Arches
Dwarf Pug
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Green Carpet
Grey Arches
Grey-pine Carpet
Grey Pug
Green Pug
Green Silver-lines
Heart & Dart
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Oak Nycteoline
Light Brocade
Larch Pug
Least Black Arches
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime-speck Pug
Maiden's Blush
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor
Marbled White-spot
Middle barred Minor
Mottled Pug
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook tip
Ochreous Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peacock Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Poplar Grey 
Poplar Lutestring
Puss Moth
Red necked Footman
Riband Wave
Rustic Shoulder knot
Sandy Carpet
Scalloped Hazel
Scalloped Hook tip
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver-ground Carpet
Single-dotted Wave
Small Fan-foot
Small Phoenix
Small White Wave
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Brown Spot
Treble Lines
Turnip Moth
White Ermine
White Point
Yellow-barred Brindle

Micro Moths

Acrobasis advenella
Adela reamurella
Agapeta hamana
Agrotera nemoralis
Alabonia geoferella
Ancylis diminutana
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis turbidana
Aphomia sociella
Agonopterix arenella
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia conjugella
Argyresthia spinosella
Argyresthia trifasciata
Assara terrebrella
Bactra sp
Blastobasis lacticolella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptilia alchimiella - GEN DET CWP
Caloptilia robustella - GEN DET CWP
Caloptilia syringella
Cameraria ohridella
Capua vulgana
Carpatolechia proximella
Cedestis subfasciella
Celypha lacunana
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis nana
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora sp
Coleophora frischella/alcyonipennella
Coptoptriche marginea
Crambus lathoniellus
Cryptoblabes bistriga
Cydia conicolana
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia nigricana
Cydia pomonella
Dioryctria schuetzeella
Dioryctria simplicella
Ectoedemia decentella
Elachista albifrontella
Elachista argentella
Elachista cannapenella
Elegia similella
Endrosis sarcitrella
Ephestia sp
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia tetraquetrana
Epinotia rubiginosana
Epinotia subocellana
Epiphyas postvittana
Esperia sulphurella
Eulia ministrana
Evergestis forficalis
Glyphipterix forsterella
Grapholita compositella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Incurvaria oehmanniella
Lobesia reliquana
Micropterix aureatella
Monopis laevigella
Monopis weaverella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nemapogon koenigi
Nemophora deegerella
Nematopogon schwarziellus
Nematopogon swammerdamella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Orthotaenia undulana
Pammene argyrana
Pandemis cerasana
Pammene ochsenheimeriana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix betulae - GEN DET CWP
Parornix devoniella - GEN DET CWP
Phyllonorycter harisella
Phyllonorycter heegeriella
Phyllonorycter hilarella
Phyllonorycter lautella
Phyllonorycter nicellii - GEN DET CWP
Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae - GEN DET CWP
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Phtheochroa rugosana
Ptycholoma lecheana
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Rhyacionia pinivorana
Rhodophaea formosa
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Scrobipalpa costella
Spilonota ocellana
Stigmella atricapitella - GEN DET CWP
Strophedra nitidana
Strophedra weirana
Swammerdamia caesiella - GEN DET CWP
Syndemis musculana
Teleoides luculella
Teleiopsis diffinis
Tinea trinotella
Tinea semifulvella
Tischeria ekebladella

The main trap on the crossroads, all 250w of it

Agrota nemoralis

Ancylis diminutana

Apotomis turbidana

Cedestis subfaciella

Cydia conicolana

Dioryctria simplicella

Strophedra nitida & weirana

Elegia similella

Epinotia demarniana

Grey Arches

Larch Pug

Pammene ochsenheimeriana

Poplar Hawk-moth

Teleiopsis diffinis

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