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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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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Saturday 13 July 2019

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 09/07/19

We returned to Bramfield Park Woods last Tuesday... well the other's did. 
My car broke down on the way, a mere mile away from the site, and so hoping my father-in-law would be able to fix it, he was called and on his way to rescue me.
Unfortunately he wasn't quite fully equipped for the job, and so a trip back to Wheathampstead and then back again with a drill and some bolts to secure the intake pipe and luckily the car survived to live another day.
I arrived at the site at 10:30pm and it was already dark under cloudy warm and humid conditions, the moths were everywhere and it took seconds for the moths to respond to each light as I fired them up, one after another.
The temperature was still 24 degrees and not set to get below 17 all night, crazy... and yes it was a bit.
With an estimated 1500 moths over 6 traps it was a busy night and we had to decide to start packing up at around 1am for fear of still being on site at 4am.
I left at 2:45am and felt frazzled after the drama of earlier and the frantic action around the moth traps.

Below is the list, it's rather lengthy and features a mammoth 270 species, one of my highest species count in one night.

One moth was new to me (Acleris logiana) and another was my first Hertfordshire record and only my second ever record (Carpatolechia alburnella).
Other ood species were, Gelechia nigra (4th County record, having caught the previous two from my garden), Capperia britanniodactyla, Kent Black Arches (3 examples( and Small Angle Shades (rare this end of Herts).

Here is the total list.

Macro Moths : 136 species
Micro Moths : 134 species

Total : 270 species

Catch Report - 09/07/19 - Bramfield Park Woods - Hertfordshire - 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 250w MV Clear Robinson Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total + 3 extra traps provided by Trevor

Macro Moths

Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Carpet
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bird's Wing
Black Arches
Black neck
Blotched Emerald
Bordered White 
Brimstone Moth
Bright-line Brown eye
Brown line bright eye
Brindled White spot
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver lines
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass 
Buff Footman
Clay Triple-lines
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman 
Common Swift
Common Wainscot 
Common White Wave
Common Wave
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Double Square spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Brocade
Double Square-spot 
Dwarf Cream Wave
Elephant Hawk-moth
Fan foot 
Flame Shoulder
Gold Swift
Grey Arches
Great Oak Beauty
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Green Silver-lines
Haworth's pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Large Emerald 
Large Nutmeg
Least Carpet
Leopard Moth 
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Emerald
Lobster Moth
Maple Prominent
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor sp
Marbled White spot 
Middle-barred Minor
Minor Shoulder-knot 
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Pug
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Peach Blossom
Peppered moth  
Peacock Moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Privet Hawk-moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Pinion-streaked Snout 
Purple Clay
Purple Thorn
Red-necked Footman
Riband Wave
Round-winged Muslin 
Ruby Tiger
Rosy Footman
Rufous Minor 
Single-dotted Wave 
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman 
Scarce Silver-lines
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Scorched wing 
Shaded Broad-bar
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Silver-ground Carpet
Slender Brindle
Slender Pug
Small Angle Shades 
Small Dotted Buff
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave 
Small White Wave
Small Yellow Wave 
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny-barred Angle
Tawny Marbled Minor
Treble Brown Spot
Vine's Rustic
White Ermine
Willow Beauty
Yellow tail 
Waved Black 

Micro Moths  
Acrobasis consociella
Acleris forskaleana
Acleris logiana 
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix arenella
Aleimma loefligiana
Alucita hexadactyla 
Anacampsis blatteriella
Anacampsis populella
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anarsia innoxiella
Ancylis diminutana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana 
Apotomis capreana
Apotomis turbidana
Archips craetagana
Acleris schalleriana
Archips podana
Acrobasis repandana
Aphelia paleana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia conjugella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia pruniella
Assara terebrella
Athrips mouffetella
Blastodacna hellerella
Bactra sp
Batia lunaris
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis lacticolella 
Brachmia blandella
Brown China Mark
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Calomotropha paludella
Capperia britanniodactyla 
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia alburnella
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Catoptria falsella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimiliana
Crambus lathoniellus
Crassa unitella
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis nana
Coleophora paripennella
Coleophora sp
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia pomonella
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Ectoedemia sp
Elophila nymphaeata
Epagoge grotiana
Epermenia falciformis
Ephestia sp
Epinotia abbreviana 
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia brunnichana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia fraternana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia signatana
Epinotia tedella
Emmetia marginea 
Eucosma cana 
Eucosma obumbratana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Euspilapteryx auroguttella
Exoteleia dodecella
Euzophera pinguis
Eudonia lacustrata 
Eudonia pallida
Gelechia nigra
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Hypsopygia costalis
Homo sinnuella 
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitrella 
Lobesia abscisana
Marasma lunaedactyla
Metzneria lappella
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella
Morophaga choragella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Parachronistis albiceps
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Parachronistis albiceps
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Phycitodes binaevella 
Phyllonorycter coryli
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudosciaphila branderiana
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Ptherochroa inopiana
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhodophaea formosa
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Scoparia subfusca
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota ocellana
Stephensia brunnichella
Swammerdamia caesiella
Syncopacma sp
Teleoides luculella
Teleoides vulgella 
Tinea semifulvella
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta evonymella 
Yponomeuta padella/malinellus
Ypsolpha ustella
Ypsolpha dentella
Zeiraphera isertana 

Small Angle Shades

Acleris logiana

Apotomis betuletana

Kent Black Arches

Limnaecia phragmitrella

Pinion-streaked Snout

Athrips mouffetella

Capperia britanniodactyla

Slender Brindle

Carpatolechia alburnella

Gelechia nigra

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