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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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 28 July 2021

Panshanger Park - Field Trip - 18/07/21 - National Moth Week Trip

I made a trip with Colin, Simon, John & Jenny on the 18th to Panshanger Park, my second visit to this huge 1,000 acre site.
This coincided with National Moth Week and boy did we pick a good night to record moths.

The day had been rather warm to say the least (Currently the only heatwave we have experienced so far, last year we had 4 I believe) and at 31 degrees was the hottest day so far of the year, I knew it could be very good for moths as I arrived at a quarter to 8 with 29 degrees still on the car temperatire gauge!

Below is an extract from Colin's email after all 3 of our lists were collated.

''Turns out we did OK – even though we left before dawn.  In spite of the flies in the marsh and meadow areas not to mention me losing the radio unit [happily it was handed in on Thursday and is awaiting my collection], we managed a pretty mean total. If I had not been suffering with my painful feet I would have added another 10 actinic buckets along the main driveway towards the offices, but sadly that was not physically possible. One wonders how many more species that might have generated. As it is, 325 is a pretty good total – and 154 macros is a  record for this generally poor year (though in “the old days” it would have been par for the course). I draw your attention to the high number of tortrix (61 species) which seems remarkable. Also, 11 Coleophora shows the value of bagging them all and not just assuming they are the same few species''.
It was a very hectic night as we all manned the traps and potted anything we were unsure of.
The best moths of the night for me, were two new species. 
Firstly, Cosmopterix pulchrimella and there were two! I believe they are only the 3rd and 4th County records for this expanding species. 
And secondly Lampronia morosa, this moth really confused me as it resembled an Incurvaria species but it has since been dissected and keyed out to be this species!

All in all a really busy night where you didn't know where to look next, the downside though, the flies were bloody unbearable!
Catch Report - Panshanger Park - Hertfordshire - 18/07/21 - 4 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Trap

154 Macro Moth Species and 171 Micro Moth Species  - 354 Species in Total over all recorders.

My personal list is below.

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bird's Wing
Black Arches
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Dot Moth
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dwarf Cream Wave
Elephant Hawk-moth
Flame Shoulder
Garden Carpet
Ghost Moth
Green Pug
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Black Arches
Least Carpet
Least Carpet
Leopard Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Brocade
Lime-speck Pug
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Maple Pug
Maple Pug
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Rustic
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Eggar
Oak Hook-tip
Peach Blossom
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Round-winged Muslin
Ruby Tiger
Scalloped oak
Scarce Footman
Scarlet Tiger
September Thorn
Shaded Broad-bar
Sharp-angled Carpet
Short-cloaked Moth
Shoulder striped Wainscot
Slender Brindle
Slender Pug
Small Blood-vein
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rivulet
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tree-lichen Beauty
White Ermine
White Point
Willow beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow tail

Micro Moths

Acleris forskalleana
Acleris hastiana
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis repandana
Aethes beatricella
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Aleimma loeflingiana
Alucita hexadactyla
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Anania perlucidalis
Anarsia innoxiella
Anthophila fabriciana
Aphomia sociella
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pruniella
Argyresthia retinella
Argyresthia spinosella
Bactra furfurana
Bactra lancealana sp
Batia lunaris
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha affinis
Calamatropha paludella
Calybites phasianipennella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia genitalana (GEN DET)
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora albitarsella
Coleophora trifolii
Cosmopterix pulchrimella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista argentella
Elachista atricomella
Endotricha flammealis
Ephestia sp
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia abbreviana
Eucosma campoliliana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Gilmeria pallidactyla
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma aceriana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Lampronia morosa (GEN DET)
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lobesia abscisana
Metalampra italica
Metzneria lapella
Mompha ochraceella
Monochroa lucidella
Monochroa palustrellus
Myelois circumvoluta
Notocelia uddmanniana
Nymphula nitidulata
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis heperana
Parachronistis albiceps
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parectopa ononidis
Pediasia contaminella
Pexicopia malvella
Phycita roborella
Phycitodes binnaevella (Large)
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Ptycholomoides aeriferana
Recurvaria leucatella
Recurvaria nanella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Scythropia crataegella
Sitochroa verticalis
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Syncopacma sp (TBC GEN DET)
Teleiodes luculella
Tischeria ekebladella
Tortrix viridana
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta padella/mallinellus sp
Yponomeuta rorrella
Zeiraphera isertana

Acleris hastiana

Batia lunaris

Bird's Wing

Cnephasia genitalana - Gen Det

Cochylis dubitana

Coleophora trifolii

Cosmopterix pulchrimella

Lampronia morosa

Limnaecia phragmitella


Parectopa ononidis

Ptycholomoides aeriferana

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