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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Tuesday 22 June 2021

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 13/06/21

My second trip of the year to the fantastic wetland site that is, Chippenham Fen.
Sunday the 13th had been a really hot day, with highs of 27 degrees and with barely a cloud in the sky, the temperature was still a remarkable 22 degrees just as the sun was setting at 9:30pm, I was ready for a good night!
Despite clear skies, the temperature was still holding up nicely even whilst packing up at 2am, it didn't feel at all cool, but I had to don a jumper to stop the various Diptera from biting me! I was literally covered in bites the next day.
But the pain was all worth it...
So far i've logged 181 species over 4 traps. I still have a few specimens pending with Graeme Smith for dissection, which may contain a few very good species (tentatively that is).

Good confirmed records from the night are as follows

Ancylis laetana (3rd County record and last seen in 1972)
Ancylis upupana (New to Cambridgeshire)
Elachista gleichenella (2nd County record)
Endothenia nigricostana (7th County record and my second from here)
Olindia schumacherana (5th County record) 

But, as usual there are just so many nice species to see here, it was great catching up with a few of the local specialities.

Catch Report - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 13/06/21 - 4 traps - 1x 250w Clear Tubular MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x Quad 20w Wemlite Actinic and 15w Synergetic Trap

99 Macro Moth species & 82 Micro Moth species - 181 species in total

Macro Moths
Alder Moth
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bordered White
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver Line
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Cream Wave
Cream-bordered Green Pea
Currant Pug
Dingy Shell
Dotted Fan-foot
Dusky Brocade
Dwarf Pug
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Flame Wainscot
Freyer's Pug
Gold Swift
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Grey Birch
Grey Dagger sp
Grey Pug
Grey-pine Carpet
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Black Arches
Light Emerald
Lime-speck Pug
Lobster Moth
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Pebble Hook-tip
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Privet Hawk-moth
Purple Bar
Reed Leopard
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Sandy Carpet
Scallop Shell
Scorched Carpet
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shaded Pug
Silver Barred
Silver-ground Carpet
Sloe Pug
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Waved Umber
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Tawny Marbled Minor
Treble Lines
Turnip Moth
White Ermine
Willow Beauty
Yellow-barred Brindle
Small Dotted Buff
Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis laetana
Ancylis upupana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis turbidana
Argyresthia spinosella
Bactra sp
Brachmia inornatella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Carpatolechia notatella TBC
Carpatolechia proximella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimilana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylimorpha straminea
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis nana
Coleophora alcyonipennella
Coptotriche marginea
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix scriebiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia splendana
Dichrorampha alpinana/flavidorsana
Dichrorampha sp
Ectoedemia decentella
Elachista gleichenella
Elachista maculicerusella
Elophila nymphaeata
Endothenia nigricostana
Ephestia sp
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia subocellana
Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia quadrillella
Eucosma cana
Eupoecilia angustana
Glyphipterix forsterella
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypochalcia ahenella
Luquetia lobella
Morophaga choragella
Nematopogon metaxella
Pandemis cerasana
Parectopa ononidis
Parornix sp
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa sodaliana
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scrobipalpa costella
Stigmella sp
Swammerdamia caesiella
Syncopacma sp
Syndemis musculana
Tinea semifulvella
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
Myelois circumvoluta
Olindia schumacherana
125w MV Robinson Trap overlooking the Marsh

Adaina microdactyla

Ancylis laetana

Ancylis upupana

Bactra sp

Bactra sp

Bucculatrix cidarella

Carpatolechia sp pos notatella

Coleophora alcyonipennella

Common Wave

Cosmopterix lienigiella

Cream-bordered Green Pea

Dichrorampha alpinana/flavidorsana

Dusky Brocade

Elachista gleichenella

Gold Swift

Sloe Pug

Epiblema/Notocelia sp TBC


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