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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Friday 24 June 2022

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 17/06/22

Back to back mothing trips never usually end well for your body! I took a good few days to recover from them, but with an extremely narrow window of opportunity, it had to be done.
It was absolutely manic at all 3 of the traps, so much so, that it was a struggle actually getting near the traps, particularly the big 250w.
Many hundreds of moths were attracted to the light, into the thousands I would estimate, and species were above the 250 mark for the night.
It was all about the micro-moths once again, with many scarce species observed.
Two moths were completely new to me, a worn Eidophasia messingiella & Nascia cilialis. The latter species I have been unlucky in finding, since I started trapping wetland species in 2006! sadly this one was a little worn too, possibly owing to how many moths were bumping into one another throughout the night. 
With 122 species of Macro moth, and 126 species of Micro moth, it was a busy night trying to keep up with logging all of the species.
I started to pack up at half midnight, and it took me a full hour and a half to sift through the traps, crawl through the vegetation and look at all of the moths already settled on the sheet!
A few moths were retained, namely two Niditinea species and a couple of Elachista. 

17/06/22 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambs - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Hook-tip
Blue-bordered Carpet
Bordered White
Bright-line Brown-eye
Broad-barred white
Brown Rustic
Brown Scallop
Buff Arches
Buff Ermine
Burnished Brass
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Pug
Common Swift
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Cream-bordered Green Pea
Currant Pug
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dingy Shears
Dingy Shell
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Brocade
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Figure of Eighty
Flame Shoulder
Flame Wainscot
Freyer's Pug
Ghost Moth
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Green Silver-lines
Grey Birch
Grey Dagger sp
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Dart
Large Nutmeg
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime-speck Pug
Lobster Moth
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Marbled Minor
Marbled White-spot
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Pinion-streaked snout
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Red-necked Footman
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Royal Mantle
Rufous Minor (Gen Det)
Sandy Carpet
Scallop Shell
Scarlet Tiger
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Short-cloaked Moth
Silver Barred
Single-dotted Wave
Small Clouded Brindle
Small Dusty Wave
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Seraphim
Smoky Wainscot
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny Marbled Minor (Gen Det)
Treble Brown Spot
Turnip Moth
Vine's Rustic
White Ermine
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths

Accentria ephemerella
Achroia grisella
Acleris hastiana
Acleris kochiella
Acleris logiana
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes beatricella
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania fuscalis
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis achatana
Anthophila fabriciana
Aphelia paleana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis capreana
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips rosana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia pruniella
Bactra sp
Batrachedra pinicolella confusella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis lacticolella
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia inornatella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Bucculatrix frangutella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Caloptilia cuculipennella
Caloptilia elongella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugivitella
Carpatolechia proximella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha cespitana
Celypha rosaceana/rufana
Celypha striana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis molliculana
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crassa unitella
Cydia pomonella
Cydia cosmophorana
Dichomeris alacella
Ditula angustiorana
Ectoedemia sp
Eidophasia messingiella
Elachista utonella
Elachista adscitella
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmelina monodactyla
Emmetia marginea
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana
Endothenia nigricostana
Ephestia sp
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia tedella
Epinotia tenerana
Epiphyas postvittana
Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia quadrilella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia pallida
Euzophera pinguis
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Gypsonoma minutana
Gypsonoma oppressana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lyonetia clerkella
Metzneria lappella
Mompha ochraceella
Mompha subbistrigella
Monochroa palustrella
Monopis crocicapitella
Monopis laevigella
Myelois circumvoluta
Nascia cilialis
Nemapogon cloacella
Nematopogon metaxella
Niditinea fuscella 2 (TBC)
Notocelia roseocolana
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Nymphula nitidulata
Nymphula nitidulata
Olindia schumacherana
Pammene fasciana
Pammene regiana
Pandemis cerasana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa sodaliana
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Piniphila bifasciana
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta despicata
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scrobipalpa costella
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Sitochroa verticalis
Scythropia crataegella
Stathmopoda pedella
Teleiodes luculella
Teleiodes vulgella
Tortrix viridana
Udea ferrugalis
Udea olivalis
Yponomeuta evonymella



40w Bucket Actinic Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Anania fuscalis

Archips rosana

Bucculatrix cidarella

Bucculatrix frangutella

Caloptilia cuculipennella

Caloptilia elongella

Celypha rosaceana rufana

Cosmopterix scribaiella

Cydia cosmophorana

Eidophasia messingiella

Elachista adscitella

Elachista utonella

Gypsonoma minutana

Gypsonoma oppressana

Nascia cilialis


Olindia schumacherana

Triaxomasia caprimulgella

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