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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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

Monday 25 July 2022

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 18/07/22 - MEGA HAUL

Well, where do I start.

Let just jump right in at the deep-end, 302 species so far were logged on the 18th of July at Chippenham Fen, a 300+ figure is probably the holy grail (This is only the 3rd time i've managed it in 17 years).
Even 200 species in a night is breathtaking in it's own right.

So far I have identified two new species for my records, Ancylis apicella & Phyllonorycter rajella, with a 3rd pending genitalia dissection ( A Caryocolum sp that has been suggested by Nigel Voaden as a probable viscariella).
Other notables included Nemapogon clematella, Purple Clay, Reed Dagger & Yponomeuta plumbella.

Words can't quite describe how busy the last trap was at packing up time.

The temperature had a lot to do with it, with highs of 38 degrees, and lows of 22. It was still 30c at 9pm! incredible for this Country, and of course we went over the 40 degree barrier the following day...far too hot!

We are now back to more manageable temperatures thankfully, a pleasant 24 degrees today here in the east.

18/07/22 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 125w Mercury Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 40w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip    
Beautiful Hook-tip    
Black Arches    
Bordered Beauty    
Bright-line Brown-eye    
Brimstone Moth    
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Brown-line Bright-eye    
Brown-veined Wainscot    
Buff Footman   
Burnished Brass    
Canary-shouldered Thorn    
Cloaked Minor   
Clouded Border    
Clouded Brindle    
Common Carpet    
Common Rustic   
Common Wainscot    
Common White Wave    
Dark Arches    
Dark Sword-grass    
Dark Umber    
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet    
Dingy Footman    
Dingy Shell    
Dot Moth    
Double Lobed    
Double Square-spot   
Double-striped Pug    
Dusky Sallow   
Dusky Thorn    
Dwarf Cream Wave    
Early Thorn    
Elephant Hawk-moth    
Fen Wainscot    
Flame Shoulder   
Garden Carpet    
Ghost Moth    
Goat Moth    
Green Silver-lines    
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 Carpet    
Least Yellow Underwing    
Leopard Moth    
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Lesser Cream Wave    
Lesser Yellow Underwing    
Lesser-spotted Pinion    
Light Arches    
Lime-speck Pug    
Lunar Yellow Underwing    
Maiden's Blush    
Maple Prominent    
Marbled Minor sp    
Marbled White-spot    
Mere Wainscot    
Mottled Beauty    
Mouse Moth    
Oak Eggar    
Oak Nycteoline   
Pale Prominent    
Peach Blossom    
Pebble Hook-tip    
Pebble Prominent    
Peppered Moth    
Pine Hawk-moth   
Poplar Grey    
Pretty Chalk Carpet    
Purple Clay   
Purple Thorn   
Red Twin-spot Carpet    
Reed Dagger   
Reed Leopard    
Riband Wave    
Rosy Footman    
Round-winged Muslin    
Ruby Tiger    
Sallow Kitten   
Scalloped Hook-tip    
Scalloped Oak    
Scarlet Tiger    
Setaceous Hebrew Character    
Shaded Broad-bar    
Short-cloaked Moth    
Shuttle-shaped Dart    
Silky Wainscot    
Single-dotted Wave    
Slender Brindle    
Slender Pug    
Small Blood-vein    
Small Emerald    
Small Fan-footed Wave    
Small Rivulet    
Small Rufous    
Small Scallop    
Small Seraphim    
Smoky Wainscot    
Southern Wainscot    
Straw Dot   
Swallow Prominent    
Swallow-tailed Moth    
Tree-lichen Beauty    
White-spotted Pug    
Wormwood Pug    
Yellow Shell    
Yellow-barred Brindle    

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris emargana
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris kochiella
Acleris laterana comariana
Acleris logiana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Acrobasis suavella
Acrolepia autumnitella
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix angelicella
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix occelana
Agonopterix subpropinquella
Agriphila straminella
Anacampsis blattariella/populella
Anania coronata
Anania crocealis
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anarsia innoxiella
Ancylis apicella
Anthophila fabriciana
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis capreana
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia bonnetella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia pruniana
Batrachedra praeangusta
Bactra sp
Batia lunaris
Blastobasis adustella
Borkhausenia fuscescens
Brachmia blandella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Bucculatrix thoracella
Caloptilia cuculipennella
Caloptilia elongella
Caloptilia honoratella
Caloptilia rufipennella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Calybites phasianipennella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia alburnella
Carpatolechia fugivitella
Caryocolum sp TBC
Catoptria pinella
Cedestis gysseleniella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cnephasia longana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis dubitana
Coleophora deauratella sp
Coleophora hemerobiella
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix schriebiella
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Dichrorampha simpliciana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista obliquella
Emmetia marginea
Endothenia ericetana
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana
Endotricha flammealis
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epagoge grotiana
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia tenerana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Euzophera pinguis
Evergestis limbata
Evergestis pallidata
Gilmeria pallidactyla
Hypsopygia costalis
Grapholita janthinana
Gypsonoma aceriana
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Scythropia crataegella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lobesia abscisana
Metzneria lappella
Mompha propinquella
Monopis crocicapitella
Monopis weaverella
Morophaga choragella
Nemapogon clematella
Niditinea fuscella/striolella
Nomophila noctuella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Ostrinia nubilalis
Oegoconia sp
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Phtheochroa inopiana
Pammene aurita
Pammene regiana
Pandemis heparana
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phalonidia manniana
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter rajella
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhopobota naevana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Schoenobius gigantella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Cataclysta lemnata
Spilonota ocellana
Swammerdamia pyrella
Epinotia subocellana
Teleiodes vulgella
Tinea trinotella
Endothenia ustulana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Zeiraphera isertana
Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana
Zelleria hepariella


Yponomeuta plumbella

Epinotia nisella

Chilo phragmitella

Caryocolum sp

Caloptilia elongella

Reed Dagger

Phyllonorycter rajella

Nemapogon clematella

Ancylis apicella

Anania crocealis

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