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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Friday 18 June 2021

Bramfield Park Woods - Field Trip - 09/06/21

We made a second June trip to Bramfield Woods, this time over the other side. It's less mature trees here but much more grassy and with lots of low growing shrubs such as Dog-rose, Bramble and Raspberry.
The day had been warm, but I though that the clear skies may make the temperature drop a bit. 
Luckily we were wrong! On my drive home from work, cloud was already rolling in from the West, four hours later we had a good blanket of cloud with just a few pockets, this did invariably clear by midnight and so we packed up.
Moths were a little slow to the lights, and it wasn't as 'busy' as we would have expected for the second week of June. All was not lost though, as some nice species were observed.
Most of my traps were full of Caddis-flies and Beetles, it was genuinely hard to pick out the moths at times!
Highlights for me were two Ancylis species (diminutana and upupana) the latter quite a rare moth for Herts.
Trevor managed an Epinotia fraternana which is another good species, a pine feeder.
Two Cydias were sent for dissection (By Neil Sherman), I've also retained a white streaky Coleophora and a Pammene that just didn't look right for fasciana, maybe herrichiana (Although i've been informed by Graeme Smith that this might not be a valid seperate species).

At least it stayed dry this time out!

List below.

Catch Report - Bramfield Park Woods - Central Herts - 09/06/21 - 6 traps - 2x 250w Clear Tubular MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x Quad 20w Wemlite Actinic and 15w Synergetic Trap

75 Macro Moth species & 60 Micro Moth species - 135 species in total

Macro Moths

Alder Moth
Angle Shades
Beautiful Hook-tip
Brimstone Moth
Broken-barred Carpet
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver-line
Clouded Silver
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Common White Wave
Cream Wave
Dwarf Pug
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Grass Rivulet
Green Carpet
Green Silver Lines
Grey Pug
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent
Knot Grass
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Black Arches
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime-speck Pug
Lobster Moth
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Marbled Brown
Marbled Minor agg
Marbled White Spot
May Highflyer
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Pug
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Rustic Shoulder knot
Scalloped Hazel
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silver Y
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Fan-foot
Small Phoenix
Small White Wave
Small Yellow Wave
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Lines
Vine's Rustic
White Ermine

Micro Moths
Ancylis diminutana
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Ancylis upupana
Anthophila fabriciana
Apotomis turbidana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia spinosella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella sp
Capua vulgana
Celypha lacunana
Cnephasia communana
Cochylis molliculana
Cochylis nana
Coleophora sp TBC
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia sp x2 TBC
Dichrorampha sp
Elachista albifrontella
Emmetia marginea
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia fraternana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia tetraquetrana
Epiphyas postvittana
Eulia ministrana
Glyphipterix forsterella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya pruniana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Incurvaria masculella
Lathronympha strigana
Micropterix aruncella
Micropterix calthella
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nematopogon swammerdamella
Nemophora degeerella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia trimaculana
Pammene herrichiana/fasciana TBC
Parornix sp
Phyllonorycter heegeriella
Phyllonorycter messaniella
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Ptycholoma lecheana
Ptycholomoides aeriferana
Rhyacionia pinivorana
Scoparia ambigualis
Swammerdamia caesiella
Tachystola acroxantha
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Tischeria eklebladella
250w Robinson Trap

160w Blended MV Trap

Actinic Trap

Ancylis diminutana

Ancylis upupana

Coleophora sp TBC

Epinotia bilunana

Grass Rivulet

Gypsonoma sociana

Tawny-barred Angle

Pammmene sp fasciana or
herrichiana TBC


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