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!


NFY = New Species For The Year
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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Thursday 15 June 2023

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 10/06/23

Another crack at Chippenham Fen on a warm but breezy night where the temperature stayed above 14 degrees, there was no cloud cover though but it didn't seem to hamper the catch at all.

181 species were jotted down over the 4 hours I ran the traps, not too bad at all and hopefully (at the time) a sign of things to come.

Best moths were of course the county first Epinotia granitana, 2 of them!
Also it was great to see a mint Scallop Shell, and the stunning Phtheochroa sodaliana.

Two Coleophora were retained for dissection.

Apart from nigh on 1000 Tortrix viridana over the 4 traps, most species were represented in small numbers, sometimes singly.
A particularly dark Alder Moth caught my eye, it looked melanic at night time.
I returned with Leslie on the 14th for a similar catch but with a different list of species.

10/06/23 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 4 traps, 125w Mercury Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Alder Moth
Bordered White
Brimstone Moth
Brown Rustic
Buff Ermine
Bright-line Brown-eye
Burnished Brass
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Pug
Cream Wave
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Swift
Common Wave
Common Carpet
Clouded Silver
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Border
Common White Wave
Common Wainscot
Dark Spectacle
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dwarf Pug
Dotted Fan-foot
Elephant Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Figure of Eighty
Flame Carpet
Flame Wainscot
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Grey-pine Carpet
Grey Pug
Heart & Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Yellow Underwing
Large Nutmeg
Lime-speck Pug
Latticed Heath
Least Black Arches
Light Emerald
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Marbled Minor sp
Marbled White Spot
May Highflyer
Maiden's Blush
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Mottled Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Pale Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pebble Prominent
Pebble Hook-tip
Pinion-streaked Snout
Pine Carpet
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Peacock Moth
Purple Bar
Privet Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Reed Leopard
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Ruby Tiger
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Satyr Pug
Sandy Carpet
Scallop Shell
Scorched Wing
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver Y
Silver-ground Carpet
Silky Wainscot
Small Clouded Brindle
Southern Wainscot
Small Square-spot
Smoky Wainscot
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Lines
Waved Umber
White Ermine
Willow Beauty
White point
Micro Moths

Achroia grisella
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Aphomia sociella
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Argyresthia spinosella
Bactra sp
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia inornatella
Cataclysta lemnata
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Carpatolechia proximella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis molliculana
Cochylimorpha straminea
Coleophora sp 2 TBC
Coptotriche marginea
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Donacaula forficella
Crambus lathoniellus
Cydia fagiglandana
Elachista maculicerusella
Elachista argentella
Elachista humilis
Elachista atricomella
Elophila nymphaeata
Epinotia bilunana
Epinotia granitana 2
Epinotia subocellana
Endothenia quadrimaculana
Epinotia immundana
Endrosis sarcitrella
Ethmia dodecea
Eucosma cana
Eulia ministrana
Eudonia pallida
Etainia decentella
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Homoeosoma sinnuella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Lathronympha strigana
Luquetia lobella
Lyonetia clerkella
Monopis crocicapitella
Monopis laevigella
Monopis weaverella
Nemapogon cloacella
Nematopogon metaxella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Notocelia trimaculana
Olindia schumacherana
Pandemis cerasana
Parapoynx stratiata
Phalonidia manniana sp
Phyllonorycter stettinensis
Plutella xylostella
Phtheochroa sodaliana
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Ptycholoma lecheana
Rhyacionia pinivorana
Psyche casta (Case)
Ptycholoma lecheana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia pyralella
Scrobipalpa costella
Spilonota ocellana
Sitochroa verticalis
Thyraylia nana
Tinea semifulvella
Tinea trinotella
Tischeria ekebladella
Tortrix viridana est 1000+
Udea olivalis

160w MBT Trap

Alder Moth

Carpatolechia proximella

Coleophora sp

Dark Spectacle

Elachista humilis

Epinotia granitana

May Highflyer

Olindia schumacherana

Phtheochroa sodaliana

Scallop Shell

Tischeria ekebladella


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