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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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 25/07/19

Another cracking trip to Bramfield Woods on the 25th of July.

4 traps were set up around the woods, unfortunately I had issues with one of my generators and I had to abandon two of the four traps an hour into the session (oil sensor, fresh oil and it's been fine since).

With two traps still running, the main lighthouse 250w trap was swarming with moths, a lot of the same species, Blastobasis adustella and Endotricha flammealis both easily numbered into the several hundreds.

Pick of the night were two examples of Dystebenna stephensi, a new moth for me, also at least 50 Monochroa cytisella, another new moth for me, a Bracken feeder and expected here I suppose with the profusion of the foodplant present.

The weather had been a bit changeable through the day and had started to rain as I drove off to the wood, luckily there was no more rain although the wind did pick up a bit by midnight.

I left at around 2am with many pots to check the next day.

Here is the total list.

Macro Moths : 67 species
Micro Moths : 89 species

Total : 156 species

Catch Report - 25/07/19 - Bramfield 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

Barred Hook-tip
Black Arches
Bordered Pug
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman 
Chinese Character
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic 
Common White Wave
Clay Triple Lines 
Copper Underwing
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Iron Prominent
Jersey Tiger 
July Highflyer
Large Emerald
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lime-speck Pug
Maiden's Blush
Maple Pug
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Rustic
Mouse Moth
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Oak Hook-tip
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Rosy Footman
Round-winged Muslin 
Ruby Tiger
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Shaded Broad-bar
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle 
Small Fan-footed Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny-barred Angle
Tree-lichen Beauty
White Satin 
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths  
Acentria emphemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris logiana
Acleris notana ferrugana
Acleris variegana 
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Anacampsis blattariella
Anarsia innoxiella 
Apotomis betuletana
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis adustella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptila alchimiella robustella
Caloptila semifascia
Carcina quercana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis hybridella
Celypha striana 
Cnephasia sp
Calomotropha paludella
Crambus perlella
Cameraria ohridella
Crassa unitella
Cydalimna perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Dioryctria abietella
Dioryctria sylvestrella 
Ditula angustiorana
Endotricha flammealis
Epiblema costipunctana
Epinotia brunnichana 
Epinotia demarniana 
Epiphyas postvittana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypsopygia costalis
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lyonetia clerkella
Metalampra italica
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Oegoconia sp
Pandemis cerasana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter harisella
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptyra ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Pseudatemelia flavifrontella/josephinae
Recurvaria leucatella 
Rhyacionia buoliana
Rhyacionia pinicolana 
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota ocellana
Syncopacma sp
Teleiodes vulgella
Teleiodes luculella
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta cag agg
Yponomeuta rorrella
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Ypsolpha ustella 
Zeiraphera isertana
Zellaria hepariella
160w MBT Trap

250w MV Lighthouse Robinson Trap

The twin 15w Actinic Trap at packing up time

Anacampsis blattariella

Anacampsis blattariella

Anacampsis blattariella

Anarsia innoxiella

Dioryctria abietella

Dioryctria sylvestrella

Dystebenna stephensi

Monochroa cytisella

Metalampra italica

Acleris laterana/comariana

Calybites phasianipennella

Assara terebrella

Epinotia brunnichana

Epinotia demarniana

Jersey Tiger

Rhyacionia pinicolana

Epinotia cinereana possibly

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