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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Thursday 12 August 2021

Bramfield Woods - Field Trip - 04/08/21

Trevor and myself paid another visit to Bramfield Woods near Hertford, hoping to catch up with Dark Crimson Underwing, that Trevor trapped last year around this date.
To save you reading any further, we were unsuccessful! 

But, it was an enjoyable session nevertheless.

Three species were added to the site list, Coleophora hemerobiella, Musotima nitidalis and Epinotia sordidana, the last one a completely new moth for me and very similar to some forms of solandriana. Careful examination was critical in the decision (And a second opinion from Graeme Smith of course). 

The night was quite mild but did cool down past midnight, at which time we decided to pack up as the moths dried up somewhat.
Catch Report - Bramfield Woods - Hertfordshire - 04/08/21 - 3 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap & 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap

51 Macro Moth Species and 67 Micro Moth Species  - 118 Species in Total

Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip
Black Arches
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Coxcomb Prominent
Dark Arches
Dewick's Plusia
Dingy Footman
Dusky Sallow
Early Thorn
Flame Shoulder
July Highflyer
Large Emerald
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Maiden's Blush
Maple Prominent
Maple Pug
Mouse Moth
Nut-tree Tussock
Pale Prominent
Pine Carpet
Pine Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Ruby Tiger
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scarce Footman
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Straw Underwing
Swallow Prominent
Tree-lichen Beauty
White-spotted Pug
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Accentria emphmerella
Acleris forskalleana
Acleris laterana comariana
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Aethes smeathmanniana
Agriphila straminella
Alucita hexadactyla
Ancylis badiana
Apotomis betuletana
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Argyresthia goedartella
Assara terebrella
Athrips mouffetella
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Brachmia blandella
Caloptila stigmatella
Carcina quercana
Catoptria falsella
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora alcyonipennella
Coleophora hemerobiella
Crassa unitella
Cydia splendana
Dioryctria abietella
Dioryctria simplicella
Ditula angustiorana
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epinotia brunnichana
Epinotia sordidana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia mercurella
Euspilapteryx auroguttella
Exoteleia dodecella
Grapholita funebrana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya salicella
Lathronympha strigana
Monochroa cytisella
Monopis weaverella
Musotima nitidalis
Oxypteryx atrella
Pandemis corylana
Pandemis heparana
Parornix sp
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter tenerella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pyrausta purpuralis
Rhyacionia buoliana
Rhyacionia pinicolana
Scoparia ambigualis
Spilonota laricana
Spilonota ocellana
Swammerdamia caesiella
Teleiodes vulgella
Tinea semifulvella
Udea prunalis
Vitula biviella
Yponomeuta evonymella
Zeiraphera isertana

Acleris laterana comariana

Ancylis badiana

Aproaerema anthyllidella

Coleophora hemerobiella

Dioryctria abietella

Dioryctria simplicella

Epinotia sordidana

Musotima nitidalis

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