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!


NFY = New Species For The Year
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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Monday 24 August 2020

Field Trip - Bramfield Woods - 24/07/20

Exactly a month ago, we made another trip to the fantastic woodland that is Bramfield Woods here in central Herts.

It was a warm one, and a little bit breezy at times but the moths were not complaining and with the muggyness it was quite busy at the more powerful traps, less action was happening at the Actinic though, so they were packed up first.

We ran our lights until around 2am where tiredness got the better of us.

The usual suspects were observed, but the pick had to be not one, but two Dark Crimson Underwings! and both to two different traps that were run by Trevor...narrowly avoiding mine! Once again Trevor rubbed my nose in it (O we had a good laugh at that).

My trump card was to be found in the lower 160w blended trap, a really unusual coloured Large Emerald, an aberration of somekind that wasn't worn and was scale perfect! Never seen a green moth look so odd.
A Caryocolum species needs to be checked as well as a Bryotropha and a Nemapogon variatella /ruricolella, ones for the winter dissections!

Catch Report - 24/07/20 - Bramfield 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

65 Macro species & 84 Micro species - 149 species in total

Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip
Barred Red
Black Arches
Blood vein 
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brown-line Bright-eye 
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wave 
Common White Wave
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn 
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Emerald 
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Ruby Tiger
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver Lines
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rivulet 
Small White Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Tawny-barred Angle
Tree-lichen Beauty
Vines Rustic
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Accentria emphemerella
Acleris forskalleana
Acleris notana 
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Anacampsis populella
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia retinella 
Argyresthia conjugella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella
Assara terebrella
Athrips mouffetella
Batia lunaris
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha sp
Bucculatrix bechensteinella
Calomotropha paludella
Caloptila alchimiella
Carcina quercana
Caryocolum sp
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora trifoli
Crambus pascuella
Crassa unitella 
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epinotia nisella 
Epinotia ramella
Eucosma cana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Exotelia dodecella
Gelechia scotinella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypsopygia costalis
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Lathronympha strigana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Metalampra italica
Monochroa cytisella
Monochroa palustrella
Nemapogon variatella ruricolella
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter messaniella
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Rhopobota naevana
Rhyacionia buoliana
Rhyacionia pinicolana
Scoparia ambigualis
Spilonota ocellana
Syncopacma sp
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Yponomeuta evonymella 
Ypsolpha ustella 
Zeiraphera isertana

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Dark Crimson Underwings

Anacampsis populella

Assara terebrella

Black Arches (Female)

Caryocolum sp

Large Emerald aberration

Large Emerald

Nemapogon variatella ruricolella

Rhyacionia pinicolana

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