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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My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Bramfield Park Woods - Field Trip - 23/07/21

I was joined by Trevor Brownsell at Bramfield Wods once again, we hadn't been over to this site for over a month, weather and Trevor being away on holiday interrupted our surveys here, in fact it was hard to find a warm and calm night where we were both free!
We did try two nights earlier prior to this date, we got all loaded up and met up at around 8pm, to be confronted with a thunderstorm and a massive deluge of the wet stuff! We waited whilst sucking sherbet lemons, and then decided to call it off!

But Friday night came and it was certainly an improvement, not paticularly warm at 22 degrees and a drop to 14 degrees by midnight, but it was enough to observe a reasonable selection of moths, mainly micros I must add.

I ran three traps and Trevor ran two and we started to pack up at around midnight as a cool breeze started to halt the flow of moth activity.
Highlights were plentiful and mainly in minature form.

A fantastic aberrant Large Emerald came to Trevor's trap (We had one last year so it suggests that maybe there is a gene pool of aberrants in the local area?).
An odd looking Eudonia mercurella was keyed out by Colin Plant, an exact example was depicted in one of his books. 
Also it was nice to see a few Phyllonorycter tenerella, the Hornbeam specialist and also plenty of Suspected which seem to have a little stronghold in this wood.
It was nice to get back and see what we had been missing over the last month.

Catch Report - Bramfield Park Woods - Hertfordshire - 23/07/21 - 3 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap & 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap

56 Macro Moth Species and 69 Micro Moth Species  - 125 Species in Total

Macro Moths

Black Arches
Bordered Beauty
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Clouded Border
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Dark Arches
Dingy Footman
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Early Thorn
Elephant Hawk-moth
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Large Emerald
Large Yellow Underwing
Lobster Moth
Marbled Minor agg
Marbled White Spot
May Highflyer
Minor Shoulder-knot
Mottled Beauty
Nut-tree Tussock
Pale Prominent
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Ruby Tiger
Scarce Footman
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Small Fan-foot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Smoky Wainscot
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acrobasis repandana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agriphila straminella
Anacampsis blattariella
Apotomis betuletana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia goedartella
Athrips mouffetella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis lacticolella
Bryotopha terrella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Carcina quercana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cochylis molliculana
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Dioryctria sylvestrella
Ditula angustiorana
Eana incanana
Elachista atricomella
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Epermenia chaerophyllella
Epinotia brunnichana
Epinotia nisella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Helcystogramma rufescens
Lathronympha strigana
Monochroa cytisella
Notocelia roborana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Oxypteryx atrella
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter tenerella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pyrausta purpuralis
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhodophaea formosa
Rhopobota naevana
Scoparia ambigualis
Spilonota ocellana
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Tinea semifulvella
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Ypsolopha dentella
Zeiraphera isertana

Anacampsis blattariella

Apotomis betuletana

Epinotia brunnichana

Eudonia mercurella

Large Emerald

Monochroa cytisella

Oxypteryx atrella

Phyllonorycter tenerella

Pyrausta purpuralis



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