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.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


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

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Sunday 21 June 2020

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 13/06/20

On the same night as I ran the trap at work, I also went out to Bramfield Woods to see what we could find.
It had been a nice warm day and with a little bit of cloud bubbling up, it looked quite promising.
Unfortunately before arriving, there had been a sharp downpour of rain and the vegetation was extremely damp.
From experience, this is never a goo sign at dusk! Moth seems quite reluctant to fly once wet, and with little or no time to dry off before night time, they quite often are found lying in situ for the rest of the night.
But luckily, it wasn't a total loss, we did manage plenty of moths, but numbers were a bit down and the variety slowed up at around midnight when we decided to pack up the traps slowly.
There were some really nice species including Gold Swift, Satin Beauty, Rosy Footman and Blue-bordered Carpet.
The micros however, were more interesting! I managed two new species for my records, Pexicopia malvella (The Hollyhock Seed Moth) & Epinotia cruciana (The Willow Tortrix).
I was chuffed to bits to say the least. The latter would not settle on my bark background, so a pot shot had to suffice, I tried a little bit of (cheating) photoshop!
Below are the results.

Catch Report - 13/06/20 - Bramfield Woods - Central Herts - 7 traps - 2x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 2x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x LED Battery Trap &P 1x 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

75 Macro species & 64 Micro species - 139 species in total
Macro Moths
Angle Shades
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Blotched Emerald
Blue-bordered carpet
Bordered White
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver Line
Buff Ermine
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Common White Wave
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Arches
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Gold Swift
Great Oak Beauty
Green Carpet
Green Silver Lines
Grey Arches
Grey Pine Carpet
Heart & Dart
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Lobster Moth
Maiden's Blush
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mottled Beauty
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Peacock Moth
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Red-necked Footman
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Sandy Carpet
Satin Beauty
Scorched Wing
Silver Y
Small White Wave
Small Yellow Wave
Straw Dot
Tawny Marbled Minor
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Brown Spot
Treble Lines
Turnip Moth
Yellow Shell
Micro Moths
Acentria ephemerella
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta zoegana
Anania lancealis
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis capreana
Apotomis turbidana
Archips crataegana (1 F)
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia goedartella
Assara terebrella
Bryotropha terrella
Carpatolechia proximella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora albidella
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia fagiglandana
Ectoedemia subbimaculella
Elachista triatomea
Elegia similella
Emmetia marginea
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia cruciana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia nanana
Epinotia rubiginosana
Epinotia subocellana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Glyphipterix forsterella
Grapholita funebrana
Gypsonoma oppressana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Homoeosoma sinuella
Lathronympha strigana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Nemophora degeerella
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Paraswammerdamia pyrella
Pexicopia malvella
Phycita roborana
Prays fraxinella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota laricana
Strophedra weirana
Tischeria eklebladella
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
Argyresthia goedartella

Assara terebrella

Coleophora albidella

Elegia similella

Epinotia cruciana

Gold Swift

Pexicopia malvella

Rosy Footman

Satin Beauty

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