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

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Thursday 9 July 2020

Field Trip - Chippenham Fen - 20/06/20

I had a cracking session at Chippenham Fen, waaaay back on the 20th of June, the first of three field traps over the last 3 weeks.

I set up 4 traps in total, spread across the wetland site, and 1 trap in the adjacent woodland (This is always worth doing, as you will get different species).

Once again, the 250w Trap did the business, it was swarming past midnight and quite hard to get near the trap for fear of treading on moths (the main reason I always put a white sheet under the trap, to minimise casualties).

Highlights for me were as follows..

Coleophora conspicuella (a recent colonist), Cosmopterix lienigiella (new to me), Cosmopterix scribaiella (at least 10 of this rare moth), Hellinsia carphodactylus (spotted amongst the many Adaina microdactyla), Lunar Yellow Underwing, Scallop Shell (mint condition and plenty to the traps) and last but not least, Scythris picaepennis (a new moth for me).

So all in all, to get two new species for my UK list and a bountiful supply of rare and beautiful moths was delightful.

I counted all of the Macros, but wimped out on the micros as I was thwart with tiredness at 3am! 

Below are the results.

Catch Report - 20/06/20 - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 4 traps - 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 40w U-Tube + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

106 Macro species & 90 Micro species - 196 species in total

Macro Moths

Barred Yellow 2
Beautiful Hook-tip 5
Blackneck 5
Blue-bordered Carpet 2

Bordered Beauty 1
Bordered White 2
Brimstone Moth 5
Brown Scallop 10
Brown Rustic 5
Brown-tail 2
Barred Straw 1
Buff Ermine 1
Burnished Brass 2
Buff-tip 3
Dusky Brocade 2
Bordered Beauty 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Brown Silver Line 1
Clouded Border 10
Clouded Silver 5
Common Carpet 6
Common Footman 1
Common Emerald 5
Common Pug 2
Common Swift 15
Clouded-bordered Brindle 1
Clouded Brindle 1
Common White Wave 1
Common Wave 5
Clay 1
Dark Arches 5
Dark Umber 5
Dingy Shell 6
Double-striped Pug 2
Double Square-spot 15
Dotted Fan-foot 7
Drinker 1
Dusky Brocade 1
Engrailed 10
Elephant Hawk-moth 5
Eyed Hawk-moth 2
Fan-foot 5
Flame 2
Freyer's Pug 1
Ghost Moth 5
Green Carpet 1
Grey Pine Carpet 1
Grey Pug 2
Green Silver-lines 3
Heart and Club 5
Heart and Dart 5
Iron Prominent 2
Larch Pug 1
Latticed Heath 1
Leopard Moth 2
Lobster Moth 1
Lesser Cream Wave 1
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Lunar Yellow Underwing 1
Marbled Minor 15
Marbled White Spot 8
Miller 2
Middle-barred Minor 5
Mottled Beauty 10
Orange Footman 2
Pale Prominent 1
Pale Oak Beauty 5
Peach Blossom 1
Peppered Moth 5
Privet Hawk-moth 2
Pebble Prominent 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 2
Pinion-streaked Snout 2
Pretty Chalk Carpet 5
Purple Bar 1
Reed Leopard 20
Reddish Light Arches 1
Riband Wave 8
Rosy Footman 5
Rufous Minor 1 gen det
Rustic 2
Scallop Shell 6
Scarce Footman 3
Scorched Wing 2
Shaded Broad-bar 1
Shaded Pug 2
Silver Barred 5
Small Fan-foot 2
Small Fan-footed Wave 5
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
Small Dotted Buff1
Small Seraphim 1
Smoky Wainscot 5
Snout 10
Southern Wainscot 6
Striped Wainscot 20
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Straw Dot 30+
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
Tawny Marbled Minor 1 gen det
Turnip Moth 1
Uncertain 2
V-pug 2
Willow Beauty 10
Yellow-tail 4

Micro Moths

Adaina microdactyla
Aethes cnicana
Agapeta hamana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis achatana
Apotomis capreana
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Batrachedra praeangusta
Brachmia blandella
Brachmia inornatella
Bryotropha senectella
Bryotropha terella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptilia betulicola
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Carpatolechia proximella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora conspicuella
Coleophora sp
Cosmiotes stabilella
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crassa unitella
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista stabilella
Elophila nymphaeata

Emmelina monodactyla
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia signatana
Epinotia tenerana
Ethmia dodecea
Eucosma cana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia pallida
Euspilapteryx auroguttella
Euzophera pinguis
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hellinsia carphodactylus
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypochalcia ahenella
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Luquetia lobella
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella

Nematopogon metaxella
Notocelia roborana
Notocelia trimaculana/roseocolana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Olindia schumacherana
Pandemis cerasana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phtheochroa sodaliana
Phycita roborella
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Pyrausta despicata
Rhodophaea formosa
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scrobipalpa costella
Scythris picaepennis
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota laricana
Stathmopoda pedella
Syncopacma sp
Tinea semifulvella
Udea ferrugalis
Udea olivalis

Bryotropha senectella

Caloptilia betulicola

Chilo phragmitella

Coleophora conspicuella

Cosmiotes stabilella

Cosmopterix lienigiella

Cosmopterix scribaiella

Hellinsia carphodactylus

Lunar Yellow Underwing

Scallop Shell

Scythris picaepennis

Silver Barred

Southern Wainscot

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

160w MBT Robinson Trap

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