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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Friday 21 July 2023

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 18/07/23

I made a trip back to Chippenham Fen on Tuesday night.

Conditions were changeable to say the least, this peak of summer has been extremely hit and miss, and the temperature has been below average for the time of year.
Weather front after weather front spilling off from the atlantic bringing squally winds and showery outburts has dampened the mothing.
But, Tuesday night was calm, warm and with a minimal threat of rain, the threat turned into reality and the traps got a bit wet towards midnight.
But it didn't deter the moths, and the traps were fairly busy. We did have to contend with a few hornets and about 20 odd wasps in the actinic trap (I guess positioned not far from an active nest).

The list kept getting bigger and bigger and a quick tally after 2 hours revealed we had gone over the 200 species mark, excellent!
The usual species were encountered and nothing exceptionally rare or new was noted, but it was nice seeing species I don't get in my garden, a mere mile away!
Some great big female Drinkers were rather splendid, as were many different colour forms of the Dingy Footman. 
A little smidgen of migrant activity, with Plutella xylostella's, Kent Black Arches & Dark Sword-grass, although any of these could well be home-grown specimens.
All in all, a cracking night with 237 species recorded.

Below is the list of moths that we recorded from 9pm until 1am.

18/07/23 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths - 118 species

Black Arches
Bordered Beauty
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown-line Bright-eye
Brown-veined Wainscot
Buff Footman
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Chinese Character
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Footman
Common Rustic
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Copper Underwing
Currant Pug
Dark Arches
Dark Umber
Dark-barred Twin-spot
Dewick's Plusia
Dingy Footman
Dotted Fan-foot
Double Square-spot
Double-striped Pug
Drinker Moth
Dusky Sallow
Dwarf Cream Wave
Early Thorn
Elephant Hawk-moth
Fen Wainscot
Flame Shoulder
Ghost Moth
Green Pug
Grey Dagger
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Iron Prominent
July Highflyer
Kent Black Arches
Knot Grass
Large Emerald
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Least Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lime-speck Pug
Lobster Moth
Maple Prominent
Marbled White-spot
Mouse Moth
Nut-tree Tussock
Pale Prominent
Pebble Prominent
Peppered Moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Purple Thorn
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Ruby Tiger
Sallow Kitten
Scallop Shell
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scalloped Oak
Scarce Footman
Scarce Silver-lines
Scorched Carpet
Shaded Broad-bar
Silver Barred
Silver Y
Single-dotted Wave
Small Blood-vein
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Small Rufous
Small Scallop
Small Waved Umber
Smoky Wainscot
Southern Wainscot
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Tawny Wave
Tree-lichen Beauty
Turnip Moth
Vapourer Moth
Waved Black
White Satin
White-spotted Pug
Willow Beauty
Wormwood Pug
Micro Moths - 119 species

Acentria ephemerella
Achroia grisella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris kochiella
Acrobasis suavella
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix angelicella
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix ocellana
Agriphila straminella
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia spinosella
Assara terebrella
Bactra sp
Batia lunaris
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis lacticolella
Borkhausenia fuscesens
Brachmia blandella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugivitella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria pinella
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitrella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla
Cnephasia longana
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora alcyonipennella
Coleophora serratella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Donacaula forficella
Eana incanana
Elachista maculicerusella
Emmelina monodactyla
Endotricha flammealis
Epinotia tenerana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Eulamprotes atrella
Euzophera pinguis
Gelechia muscosella
Gilmeria pallidactlya
Gypsonoma dealbana
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya salicella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypsopygia costalis
Lathronympha strigana
Limnaecia phragmitella
Lobesia abscisana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Metzneria metzneriella
Monochroa palustrellus
Morophaga choragella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pammene aurita
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Parornix sp
Pediasia contaminella
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phyllocnistis xenia
Piniphila bifasciana
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Pyrausta aurata
Recurvaria leucatella
Rhopobota naevana
Rhyacionia buoliana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scoparia sp TBC
Sitochroa verticalis
Sorhagenia sp
Stathmopoda pedella
Swammerdamia pyrella
Teleiodes vulgella
Tinea trinotella
Tischeria eklebladella
Udea olivalis
Vitula biviella
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta rorrella
Yponomeuta sp
Ypsolopha scabrella
Zeiraphera isertana 

Brown-veined Wainscot

Chippenham Fen

Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla

Coleophora serratella

Dingy Footman

Drinker Moth

Gelechia muscosella

Kent Black Arches

Phyllocnistis xenia

Shaded Broad-bar

Stathmopoda pedella

Striped Wainscot

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