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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Tuesday 19 July 2022

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 12/07/22

I made a last minute trip to Chippenhan Fen last Tuesday, after a warm day with highs of 28 degrees, it seemed worth trying again, after last time's effort was called off because of a huge downpour at dusk.
So I got there, started to set up and yep, you guessed it, it started to rain!
Luckily it didn't come to much, in fact it might have helped raise the humidity and increase the moth numbers that were noted at all 3 lights. 

262 species so far have been confirmed, with some retained for verification.

Bet moths of the night were Aproaerema taeniolella, Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla, Gelechia scotinella, Gypsonoma aceriana, Orthotelia sparganella, Ypsolopha vittella and several cracking forms of Silky Wainscot.
The Aproaerema taeniolella is my first of this species, easily seperated under a hand lens (the males have a band underneath the forewing). 
Gypsonoma aceriana was also new to me, and i've since added to the garden list in recent days. It must be having a good year locally? As it was in the traps last night at Chippenham Fen again.
Gelechia scotinella appears to be new to Cambridgheshire, although this is pending (I can't see any records on the website). It is a moth i've encountered several times before in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire.
Below is the mammoth list, which was supassed by my latest trip last night, more on that in a few days time! 

12/07/22 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 125w Mercury Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 40w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Beautiful Hook-tip
Black Arches
Bordered Beauty
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Brown Scallop
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Ermine
Buff Footman
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Pug
Common Rustic
Common Swift
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dingy Footman
Dingy Shell
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Sallow
Dusky Thorn
Dwarf Cream Wave
Early Thorn
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Fen Wainscot
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Gold Swift
Green Pug
Grey Dagger sp
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Emerald
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Black Arches
Least Carpet
Least Yellow Underwing
Leopard Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Lime-speck Pug
Lobster Moth
Maple Prominent
Marbled Minor sp
Marbled White-spot
Mere Wainscot
Mottled Beauty
Mouse Moth
Peach Blossom
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Round-winged Muslin
Ruby Tiger
Scallop Shell
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scarlet Tiger
Shaded Broad-bar
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Silky Wainscot
Single-dotted Wave
Slender Brindle
Slender Pug
Small Blood-vein
Small Dotted Buff
Small Emerald
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rufous
Small Seraphim
Smoky Wainscot
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Treble Brown Spot
White Ermine
White Satin
Willow Beauty
Wormwood Pug
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris logiana
Acleris variegana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis repandana
Acrobasis suavella
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix angelicella
Agonopterix arenella
Agonopterix heracliana sp
Agonopterix ocellana
Agriphila straminella
Amblyptilia acanthdactyla
Anacampsis populella
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anarsia innoxiella
Ancylis achatana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis capreana
Aproaerema taeniolella
Archips Podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Assara terebrella
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Blastodacna hellerella
Borkhausenia fuscescens
Brachmia blandella
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Calamotropha paludella
Caloptilia elongella
Caloptilia honoratella
Caloptilia semifascia
Caloptilia stigmatella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugivitella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clavigesta purdeyi
Clepsis spectrana
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla
Cnephasia sp
Cochylidia heydeniana
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora deauratella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia pomonella
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista maculicerusella
Elophila nymphaeata
Endothenia ericetana
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana
Endothenia quadrimaculana
Endotricha flammealis
Epermenia chaerophyllella
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia nanana
Epinotia tenerana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia pallida
Eudonia truncicolella
Euzophera pinguis
Evergestis limbata
Gelechia muscosella
Gelechia scotinella
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma aceriana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypsopygia costalis
Limnaecia phragmitella
Lobesia abscisana
Metzneria metzneriella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Oegoconia sp
Orthotelia sparganella
Oxyptilus distans
Pammene aurita
Pammene regiana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phycitodes binnavella
Phyllocnistis saligna
Phyllonorycter comparella TBC
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhopobota naevana
Rhyacionia pinicolana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Spilonota ocellana
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Teleiodes vulgella
Thiotricha subocellea
Tinea trinotella
Yponomeuta cag/Mal/pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Ypsolopha vittella
Zellaria heppariella

Agonopterix angelicella

Agonopterix ocellana

Aproaerema taeniolella

Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla

Gelechia scotinella

Gypsonoma aceriana

Orthotelia sparganella

Silky Wainscot

Ypsolopha vittella

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