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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Wednesday 25 September 2019

Field Trip - Gadesprings Watercress Beds - 20th/21st September

As it was my weekend on to work, I decided to run some moth traps down at Gadesprings Watercress Beds, leave them on all night, and sift through them come the morning.

Saturday night seemed to be the most favoured night weather-wise, but strangely, the cooler night before produced more moths and more species!

38 species were noted over the two nights, many common Autumnal species were present, as well as late Summer stragglers.

3 species worth mentioning were, Dewick's Plusia, Cypress Pug and Large Wainscot.

Dewick's Plusia is a recent migrant/suspected colonist (Although no larvae have been found yet in Hertfordshire) with numbers increasing year after year. It is thought that the larvae feed from low growing herbaceous plants and Common Nettles, of which there is an abundance almost anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Cypress Pug never use to be a common moth, but seems to be spreading around fairly nicely. Hemel Hempstead seems to have a healthy population.

The Large Wainscot is no doubt breeding amongst the Phragmites on the reserve as we have found it in low density in years past.

All in all, a nice selection of moths to observe and record.

Here is the full list

Catch Report - 20th/21st/09/19 - Gadesprings Watercress Beds - Hertfordshire - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic/Synergetic Combo, 1x 40w Actinic + 30w Compact Fluorescent Briefcase trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total

Macro Moths

Angle Shades 1
Black Rustic 3
Brindled Green 3
Brimstone Moth 2
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 5
Burnished Brass 3
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Common Wainscot 5
Copper Underwing 1
Cypress Pug 1
Deep-brown Dart 8
Dewick's Plusia 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Large Wainscot 1
Large Yellow Underwing 25
Lesser Yellow Underwing 10
Light Emerald 2
Lunar Underwing 5
Rosy Rustic 3
Ruby Tiger 2
Sallow 6
Setaceous Hebrew Character 15
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Snout 5
Square-spot Rustic
Turnip Moth 2
Vine's Rustic 10
Willow Beauty 1
White Point 5

Micro Moths

Agriphila tristella 2
Blastobasis adustella 2
Cameraria ohridella 3
Celypha lacunana 5
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Emmelina monodactlya 1
Eudonia pallida 2
Pleuroptyra ruralis 1
Plutella xylostella 8

Black Rustic

Brindled Green

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Burnished Brass

Cypress Pug

Dewick's Plusia

Large Wainscot

Lessser Yellow Underwing

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