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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Wednesday 13 July 2022

Field Trip - Wicken Fen - 06/07/22

I made a trip to Wicken Fen a week ago on the 06th of July with Leslie.
The day had been warm, and it was incredibly close as we set up the traps, which were spread across the Sedge Fen area of the reserve.
We ran 4 traps in the end, and all traps were remarkably busy, including the new 40w bucket trap, which attracted almost as many as the mercury vapor 125!
The night stayed mild, but a niggling breeze persisted through the night, and infact at intervals I would have said that it was quite windy.
Nevertheless, what a catch! 
I'm starting to get a bit far behind now with my latest reports, so I will keep this one brief.

Highlights included two new moths for myself, the stunning Marsh Carpet (of which there were at least 5) and the exquisite tortrix moth, Acleris lorquiniana.

Backed up by some real star moths like Dentated Pug (Only my 2nd, the first last year was incredibly worn), 5 different forms of Acleris hastiana, Garden Tiger & Reed Dagger.

There are a few species pending dissections.

The best, a probable Monochroa conspersella, though it will be retained for dissection, and a rather striking Phyllonorycter species.

199 species I make it, over 3 hours of running the lights.

List for your perusal below.

06/07/22 - Wicken Fen - East Cambs - 4 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and, 125w MV Robinson Trap & 40w Actinic Trap

Macro Moth
Barred Straw
Barred Straw
Beautiful Hook-tip
Black Arches
Blue-bordered Carpet
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Buff Arches
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Cream-bordered Green Pea
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dentated Pug
Dingy Footman
Dingy Shears
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Lobed
Double Square-spot
Dusky Sallow
Dwarf Cream Wave
Elephant Hawk-moth
Fen Wainscot
Flame Shoulder
Garden Tiger
Ghost Moth
Green Pug
Grey Dagger
Grey Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Emerald
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Marbled White-spot
Marsh Carpet
Mere Wainscot
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Rustic
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Nycteoline
Pale Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Poplar Lutestring
Purple Bar
Reed Dagger
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Round-winged Muslin
Ruby Tiger
Satyr Pug
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver-lines
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silky Wainscot
Silver-ground Carpet
Single-dotted Wave
Small Blood-vein
Small Fan-footed Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Vine's Rustic
White Satin
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris hastiana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris lorquiniana
Acrobasis repandana
Acrolepia autumnitella
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix conterminella
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix subpropinquella f rhodocrella
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Ancylis achatana
Aphelia paleana
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis capreana
Apotomis lineana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia blandella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Calamotropha paludella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis spectrana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis molliculana
Crambus perlella
Dichrorampha simpliciana
Ditula angustiorana
Donacaula forficella
Elachista maculicerusella
Elophila nymphaeata
Endothenia quadrimaculana
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia cruciana
Ethmia quadrilella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Gelechia muscosella
Gelechia sororculella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Hedya ochroleucana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Helcystogramma rufescens
Hypsopygia costalis
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Limnaecia phragmitrella
Lobesia abscisana
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha epilobiella
Mompha ochraceella
Monochroa conspersella TBC
Monochroa lutulentella
Monochroa palustrella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pandemis dumetana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phycitodes binaevella
Phyllonorycter sp TBC
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Rhopobota naevana
Schoenobius gigantella
Sciota adelphella
Scoparia subfusca
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Scythropia crataegella
Sorhagenia sp 2 TBC
Spilonota ocellana
Tinea trinotella
Tortrix viridana
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta sp
Wicken Fen

Acleris hastiana

Acleris lorquiniana

Dentated Pug

Marsh Carpet

Sorhagenia sp

Phyllonorycter sp

Pandemis dumetana

Monochroa lutulentella

Monochroa conspersella pos


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