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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Friday 9 July 2021

Weston Park - Field Trip - 01/07/21

Another trip to Weston Park on the first night of July.
I set up 4 traps along the southern hedgerow away from the stately house, just to try a different habitat.
Once again, I got mauled by Clegs!  
I had all of the traps set up, and thought about doing some sweeping, that was a bad idea! The grass was so wet that it was impossible, so I went back to the good ole' shake the trees and bushes to see what flies out of them.
I found a nice mature Blackthorn hedgerow and tapped a few times, initially clouds of Hedya pruniana, and then a smaller white moth caught my eye, and with a hurried sweep into the air it was in the net.
Inspected straight away it wasn't the usual Lyonetia clerkella, but prunifoliella and a 2nd county record for Hertfordshire to boot!
Anything else from the traps would be a bonus, and I hadn't even switched them on at this point!
The catch was mediocre for this time of year, and it did get a little cool and even damper than earlier.
Still, a respectable catch made up predominantly of Tortrix moths.
Highlights from the traps were a really large Female Archips crataegana, i've never seen the Female before, and a Small Dotted Buff.

Catch Report - Weston Park - Hertfordshire - 01/07/21 - 4 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Trap

Macro Moths
Alder Moth
Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Golden Y
Beautiful Hook-tip
Blotched Emerald
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broken-barred Carpet
Brown Rustic
Brown Silver Line
Buff Ermine
Clouded Silver
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common Wainscot
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Arches
Double Square-spot
Elephant Hawk-moth
Fan Foot
Green Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Ingrailed Clay
Large Nutmeg
Large Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Marbled Minor agg
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Orange Footman
Pale Prominent
Pale Oak Beauty
Peppered Moth
Riband Wave
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Single-dotted Wave
Silver Y
Small Dotted Buff
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Fan-foot
Straw Dot
Treble Brown Spot
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell
Micro Moths
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Aphomia sociella
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Celypha lacunana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora alcyonipennella
Coleophora mayrella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Celypha striana
Ditula angustiorana
Ectoedemia sp
Ephestia sp
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia signatana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Euzophera pinguis
Hedya pruniana
Hedya nubiferana
Helcystogramma rufescens
Lyonetia prunifoliella
Nematopogon metaxella
Nematopogon schwarziellus
Notocelia trimaculana sp
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pandemis cerasana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Scythropia crataegella
Scoparia pyralella
Tinea semifulvella
Thistle Ermine
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Archips crataegana - Female

Epinotia abbreviana

Lyonetia prunifoliella

Beautiful sunset over the park

Epinotia signatana

Cnephasia sp

Argyresthia albistria

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