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Friday 26 July 2019

Field Trip - Chippenham Fen - 17/07/19

I had an enjoyable evening at Chippenham Fen in Cambridgeshire with Colin Plant.

The day had been warm and muggy (But not quite as silly as it has been these past few days). 26 degrees was the high and it wasn't set to drop below 17c all night.
Unfortunately the weather was a bit unkind at times, in fact it rained on and off for much of the night, not heavy..but enough to make things a bit soggy.
Luckily the heavier outburts came on the drive home.

The moth species present were incredible to say the least.
We logged a total of 289 species during the session, and after with dissections.

Many moths were notable and also new for me.

Species such as Agonopterix angelicella, Cosmopterix scribaiella, Dichomeris alacella, Evergestis pallidata, 2x Gelechia sp to double check yet and Vitula biviella were all personal highlights.

17th July 2019: Chippenham fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Colin W. Plant & Ben Sale. Arrived approximately 20.30 hours. CWP set a 125 watt Robinson to the rear of the site building, affecting Forty Acre Wood to the north-east, plus a 125watt white bulb on a vertical sheet on the side of the Landrover parked by the site building and directed north-west up the main ride. Also, 5 x 8-watt actinic traps at 50 metre intervals along the woodland track running south-west from the car park. BS’s lights were – one in Forty Acre Wood and two in the centre of the fen (Jerusalem Wood area). Total was thus 11 lights. BS packed up from 01.00 and left the site at 02.00. CWP packed up at 02.30 and left the site at about 03.15.

Genitalia dets. indicated by an asterisk (*)

Here is the total list

Extras from CWP highlighted below, by (Only CWP)

CWP (Colin Plant's name by the species that were trapped away from the marsh area)

Macro Moths : 132 species
Micro Moths : 157 species

Total : 289 species

Catch Report - 17/07/19 - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire -1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic & 40w Actinic Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total + 6 extra lights from CWP - 11 traps in total

Macro Moths

Barred Straw (Only CWP)
Beautiful Hook-tip (CWP)
Black Arches (CWP)
Blue-bordered Carpet
Bordered Beauty
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth (Only CWP)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (CWP)
Brown-line Bright-eye (CWP)
Brown Scallop (Only CWP)
Buff Arches (Only CWP)
Buff Footman (Only CWP)
Buff-tip (Only CWP)
Chinese Character (Only CWP)
Clay (CWP)
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver (Only CWP)
Common Carpet (CWP)
Common Footman (CWP)
Common Rustic (CWP)*
Common Swift (Only CWP)
Common Wainscot
Common Wave (CWP)
Common White Wave (CWP)
Coronet (CWP)
Coxcomb Prominent (Only CWP)
Cream-bordered Green Pea (CWP)
Dark Arches (CWP)
Dark Umber (CWP)
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (CWP)*
Dingy Footman (CWP)
Dingy Shell (CWP)
Dot Moth (CWP)
Dotted Fan-foot (CWP)
Double Lobed (CWP)
Double Square-spot (CWP)
Dun-bar (CWP)
Dusky Sallow
Dwarf Cream Wave
Early Thorn (Only CWP)
Elephant Hawk-moth (CWP)
Engrailed (Only CWP)
Eyed Hawk-moth (Only CWP)
Fen Wainscot (CWP)
Flame (CWP)
Flame Shoulder (CWP)
Ghost Moth (CWP)
Green Pug
Grey Pine Carpet (Only CWP)
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Dart (CWP)
Iron Prominent (CWP)
July Highflyer (CWP)
Kent Black Arches (Only CWP)
Large Emerald
Large Twin-spot Carpet (CWP)
Large Yellow Undering (CWP)
Latticed Heath (CWP)
Least Carpet (CWP)
Least Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth (CWP)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Only CWP)
Lesser Cream Wave (CWP)
Lesser Yellow Underwing (CWP)
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Light Emerald (CWP)
Lime-speck Pug (Only CWP)
Lunar-spotted Pinion (Only CWP)
Maple Pug
Marbled Minor (CWP)*
Marbled White spot (CWP)
Mere Wainscot
Middle-barred Minor (Only CWP)
Mottled Beauty (Only CWP)
Narrow-winged Pug (Only CWP)*
Nut-tree Tussock (CWP)
Olive (Only CWP)
Pale Mottled Willow
Pale Oak Beauty (Only CWP)
Pale Prominent (CWP)
Pebble Hook-tip (CWP)
Peppered Moth (CWP)
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey (Only CWP)
Poplar Hawk-moth (CWP)
Pretty Chalk Carpet (CWP)
Privet Hawk-moth (Only CWP)
Purple Bar (Only CWP)
Purple Clay
Red Twin-spot Carpet (CWP)*
Reed Leopard (CWP)
Riband Wave (CWP)
Rivulet (Only CWP)
Rosy Footman (CWP)
Round-winged Muslin (CWP)
Ruby Tiger (CWP)
Rufous Minor (Only CWP)*
Rustic (CWP)
Scalloped Oak (Only CWP)
Scarce Footman (CWP)
Scarlet Tiger (CWP)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (CWP)
Shaded Broad-bar (CWP)
Short-cloaked Moth (Only CWP)
Silky Wainscot (CWP)
Silver Barred (CWP)
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave (CWP)
Slender Brindle (Only CWP)
Slender Pug
Small Blood-vein (CWP)
Small Dotted Buff (CWP)
Small Emerald (CWP)
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rufous (CWP)
Small Scallop
Smoky Wainscot (CWP)
Small White Wave (Only CWP)
Small Yellow Wave (Only CWP)
Snout (CWP)
Southern Wainscot (CWP)
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed Moth (CWP)
Tawny-barred Angle (Only CWP)
Tawny Marbled Minor
Tree-lichen Beauty (CWP)
Uncertain (CWP)
V-pug (CWP)
Willow Beauty (Only CWP)
Wormwood Pug
Yellow-tail (Only CWP)

Micro Moths

Acentria emphemerella (CWP)
Acleris forsskaleana (CWP)
Acleris holmiana (CWP)
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella (CWP)
Acrobasis marmorea
Acrobasis repandana (CWP)
Adaina microdactyla (CWP)
Aethes rubigana (Only CWP)*
Aethes tesserana (Only CWP)
Agapeta hamana (CWP)
Agapeta zoegana (CWP)
Agonopterix alstromeriana (CWP)
Agonopterix angelicella
Agonopterix subpropinquella 
Agriphila tristella (Only CWP)
Anacampsis blattariella
Anania coronata (Only CWP)
Anania hortulata (CWP)
Anania lancealis (CWP)
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis achatana
Aphelia paleana (CWP)
Aphomia sociella (CWP)
Apotomis betuletana
Archips crataegana (Only CWP)*
Archips podana (CWP)
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella (CWP)
Argyresthia goedartella (CWP)
Argyresthia pruniella (Only CWP)
Batia unitella (CWP)
Batrachedra pinicolella
Batrachedra praeangusta (Only CWP)
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia blandella
Brachmia inornatella
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix nigricomella (Only CWP)
Calomotropha paludella (CWP)
Caloptilia betulicola (Only CWP)
Caloptilia semifascia (Only CWP)
Cameraria ohridella (CWP)
Carcina quercana (CWP)
Cataclysta lemnata (CWP)
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria pinella (CWP)
Celypha lacunana
Chilo phragmitella (CWP)
Chrysoteuchia culmella (CWP)
Clepsis consimiliana (CWP)
Clepsis spectrana (Only CWP)
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Only CWP)
Cnephasia asseclana (Only CWP)*
Cnephasia genitalana (Only CWP)*
Cnephasia pumicana (Only CWP)*
Cnephasia stephensiana (Only CWP)*
Cochylis atricapitana (CWP)
Cochylis dubitana (Only CWP)*
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora mayrella (CWP)
Cosmopterix scribaiella 2
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella (CWP)
Crambus perlella (CWP)
Crassa unitella (CWP)
Cydia fagiglandana (CWP)*
Cydia pomonella (Only CWP)
Cydia splendana (CWP)
Dichomeris alacella
Dioryctia abietella
Eana incanana (CWP)*
Elachista apicipunctella
Elachista maculicerusella
Elophila nymphaeata (CWP)
Emmelina monodactlya
Endothenia sp
Endotricha flammealis (CWP)
Epagoge grotiana (CWP)
Epinotia abbreviana (Only CWP)*
Epinotia tenerana (Only CWP)*
Ethmia dodecea (CWP)
Eucosma campoliliana (Only CWP)*
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudonia lacustrata (CWP)*
Eudonia mercurella (CWP)*
Eudonia pallida (CWP)*
Euzophera pinguis (CWP)
Evergestis pallidata (CWP)
Gelechia muscosella? TBC
Gelechia sp nigra or turpella? TBC
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma aceriana (Only CWP)*
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya nubiferana (Only CWP)
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella (CWP)
Helcystogramma rufescens (Only CWP)
Hofmannophila pseudospretella (CWP)
Hypsopygia costalis (CWP)
Hypsopygia glaucinalis (CWP)
Limnaecia phragmitrella (CWP)
Lobesia abscisana (CWP)*
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Metzneria lappella (CWP)
Metzneria metzneriella (Only CWP)
Mompha ochraceella
Mompha propinquella
Morophaga choragella
Nymphula nitidulata (CWP)
Oegoconia sp
Ostrinia nubilalis (Only CWP)
Pammene aurita
Pammene regiana (Only CWP)
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana (CWP)
Parapoynx stratiotata (Only CWP)
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Paraswammerdamia nebulella (CWP)*
Pediasia contaminella (Only CWP)
Phycita roborella (CWP)
Phycitodes binaevella
Pleuroptyra ruralis (CWP)
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (CWP)
Pterophorus pentadactyla (CWP)
Ptherochroa inopiana (CWP)
Ptycholomoides aeriferana
Pyralis farinalis (Only CWP)
Pyrausta purpuralis (Only CWP)
Recurvaria leucatella (Only CWP)
Rhopobota naevana
Rhyacionia buoliana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis (CWP)*
Scoparia pyralella
Scoparia subfusca
Stathmopoda pedella
Syncopacma cinctella (CWP)*
Teleiodes vulgella (Only CWP)
Thiotricha subocellea (CWP)
Tischeria ekebladella
Udea olivalis (Only CWP)
Vitula biviella
Yponomeuta cagnagella (Only CWP)
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta plumbella (Only CWP)
Yponomeuta rorrella
Ypsolpha nemorella
Ypsolopha parenthesella (Only CWP)
Ypsolopha scabrella (Only CWP)

Acrobasis marmorea - worn

Agonopterix angelicella

Agonopterix subpropinquella

Batrachedra pinicolella

Brachmia inornatella

Cosmopterix scribaiella

Dichomeris alacella

Elachista maculicerusella

Evergestis pallidata

Gelechia muscosella?

Gelechia nigra or turpella

Phycitodes binaevella

Ptycholomoides aeriferana

Vitula biviella

Ypsolopha nemorella

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