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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Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Field Trip - Bramfield Park Woods - 01/08/19

Back to Bramfield on the 1st of August, and the other side of the road this time, the damper more grassy part with less mature trees.
The day had been very nice indeed and by the afternoon the conditions turned extremely muggy and perfect mothing weather. 
There was a brief shower driving to the site, and as always thought I would be in for a wet session, so rain guards were adorned and cables wrapped in shopping bags!
Luckily that was the only rain all night and it stayed cloudy until packing up time at 2am if a little breezy.
Highlights were, 6 species of Ypsolopha, headed by the rare Ypsolopha vittella, 5x Gypsy Moths (a new macro for me). And two species that have be baffled, and that will be gen det soon.

With close to 180 species, this goes down in history as my highest ever August catch, probably owing to the muggy conditions and being just on the cusp of the new month.

Here is the total list.

Macro Moths : 105 species
Micro Moths : 73 species

Total : 178 species

Catch Report - 01/08/19 - Bramfield Park Woods - Hertfordshire - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x 250w MV Clear Robinson Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic/Synergetic Combo & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total

Macro Moths

Black Arches 
Brimstone Moth 
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 
Buff Footman 
Cabbage Moth  
Canary-shouldered Thorn 
Cloaked Minor 
Clouded Border 
Common Carpet 
Common Footman  
Common Rustic  
Copper Underwing 
Coxcomb Prominent 
Dark Arches 
Dingy Footman 
Dusky Thorn 
Ear Moth 
Elephant Hawk-moth 
Flame Shoulder 
Gypsy Moth 5 
Jersey Tiger 
July Highflyer 
Knot Grass 
Large Emerald 
Large Twin-spot Carpet 
Large Yellow Underwing 
Latticed Heath 
Least Carpet 
Least Yellow Underwing 
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 
Lesser Swallow Prominent 
Lesser Yellow Underwing 
Maiden's Blush 
Nut-tree Tussock 
Oak Hook-tip 
Oak Nycteoline 
Pale Prominent 
Pebble Hook-tip 
Pebble Prominent 
Peppered Moth 
Pine Hawk-moth 
Poplar Hawk-moth 
Red Twin-spot Carpet 
Riband Wave 
Rosy Footman 
Ruby Tiger 
Scalloped Hook-tip 
Scalloped Oak 
Scarce Footman 
Scorched Carpet 
Shaded Broad-bar 
Shuttle-shaped Dart 
Silver Y  
Single-dotted Wave 
Small Fan-footed Wave 
Small Phoenix  
Smoky Wainscot 
Square-spotted Clay 
Straw Underwing 
Swallow Prominent 
Tawny barred Angle  
Tree-lichen Beauty 
White-spotted Pug 
Willow Beauty 
Yellow Shell  

Micro Moths

Acentria emphemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris laterana comariana
Acleris notana ferrugana
Acompsia cinerella
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis repandana
Aethes smeathmanniana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella 
Agriphila tristella
Anacampsis blatteriella
Anacampsis populella
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis turbidana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia bonnetella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pruniella
Argyresthia trifasciella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Athrips mouffetella
Bactra lancealana
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptila alchimiella robustella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Caryocolum sp
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clavigesta purdeyi
Cnephasia sp
Crassa unitella
Cydalimna perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Dioryctria abietella
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista sp TBC pos poae
Emmelina monodactlya
Emmetia marginea
Endotricha flammealis
Ephestia sp
Epinotia brunnichana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia ramella
Epinotia uddmanniana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Eulamprotes atrella
Euspilapteryx auroguttella
Euzophera pinguis
Exoteleia dodecella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya salicella 
Helycystogramma rufescens
Hypatimna rhomboidella
Hypsopygia costalis
Lathronympha strigana
Lyonetia clerkella
Metalampra italica
Mompha propinquella
Monochroa cytisella
Monopis weaverella
Oegoconia sp
Oncocera semirubella
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter harisella
Phyllonorycter trifasciella
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptyra ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhopobota naevana
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scrobipalpa costella
Spilonota ocellana
Stigmella sp
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta cag sp
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta rorrella 
Ypsolopha dentella 
Ypsolopha nemorella 
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Ypsolopha scabrella 
Ypsolopha ustella
Ypsolopha vittella
Zeiraphera isertana 

160w MBT Trap

125w MV Robinson Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Caryocolum sp

Epinotia nisella

Epinotia nisella

Epinotia immundana

Elachista sp pos poae TBC

Clavigesta purdeyi

Epinotia ramella

Euspilapteryx auroguttella

Gypsy Moth

Jersey Tiger

Oncocera semirubella

Scrobipalpa costella

Ypsolopha vittella

Square-spotted Clay

Gelechiidae sp TBC

Ypsolopha dentella

Ypsolopha ustella

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