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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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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Wednesday 5 August 2020

Field Trip - Bramfield Park Woods - 15/07/20

My last trip out that I did to Bramfield Park Woods was a very successful night, species are slowly dropping off and now we appear to be past the peak 200+ species nights of dreams.

Nevertheless, some really lovely moths were still on the wing and to top it all off, I managed a new moth species for my records, the Balsam Carpet.
Not a particularly common moth, and great to see, albeit in a rather poor condition.

Below is the full list of moth species from the night.

Catch Report - 15/07/20 - Bramfield Park Woods - Central Herts - 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

81 Macro species & 62 Micro species - 143 species in total

Macro Moths

Balsam Carpet
Black Arches
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Clouded Border
Common Carpet
Common Footman 
Common Rustic 
Common White Wave
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Lobed
Double Square-spot 
Double-striped Pug
Dwarf Cream Wave
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Iron Prominent
Jersey Tiger 
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Emerald 
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet 
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Marbled White Spot
Minor Shoulder-knot
Mottled Beauty
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip
Oak Nycteoline
Pale Prominent
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk moth
Poplar Grey 
Poplar Hawk-moth
Privet Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Rufous Minor
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver Lines
Shaded Broad-bar
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny barred angle 
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris laterana/comariana
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila tristella
Alucita hexadactyla
Anacampsis blatterialla
Apotomis betuletana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Athrips mouffetella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis adustella
Brachmia blandella
Caloptila semifascia
Carcina quercana
Catoptria pinella 
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Dioryctria abietella
Ditula angustiorana
Emmetia marginea
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia brunnichana
Eucosma cana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Helycystogramma rufescens
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypsopygia costalis
Monochroa cytisella
Morophaga choragella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter messaniella
Phyllonorycter nicelii
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pyrausta purpuralis 
Rhopobota naevana
Scoparia ambigualis
Spilonota ocellana
Sycopacma sp
Yponomeuta cag mal pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Ypsolopha dentella
Zeiraphera isertana
125w Homemade MV Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

15w and 40w Actinic Trap

Balsam Carpet

Brown-line Bright-eye

Epinotia brunnichana

Eudemis profundana

Jersey Tiger

Monochroa cytisella

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