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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Wednesday 27 September 2023

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 06/09/23

At the start of September I was joined by Leslie Gardiner at our local nature reserve that is, Chippenham Fen, a place that i've become very fond of and which always seems to throw up a surprise on nearly every visit.
The 6th of September was no different, a new for site Epinotia sordidana was the best moth of the night, only the 4th county record from what I can see.
I've taken this species only once before in broad-leaved woodland two years ago in Hertfordshire, a fairly unremarkable looking brown tortrix.
Other good records included the joint latest record of Celypha cespitana, the uncommon and identifiable Elachista bisulcella by it's two-tone central band and a rather smartly coloured Grey Pine Carpet.

I even managed a good beetle, the weevil Platystomos albinus which was new to me.

105 species was a good result and Leslie did a great job of keeping me updated with the macro moth list as they came in.
I thought this would be my last field trip, but we would be hitting the brecks just 3 days later as the warm weather was set to continue.

06/09/23 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 125w MV Robinson Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip
Brimstone Moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Centre-barred Sallow
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Copper Underwing
Dingy Footman
Double-striped Pug
Dusky Thorn
Flounced Rustic
Frosted Orange
Green Carpet
Grey Pine Carpet
Gypsy Moth
Large Yellow Underwing
Latticed Heath
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Lunar Yellow Underwing
Oak Hook-tip
Orange Swift
Pale Mottled Willow
Pinion-streaked Snout
Rosy Rustic
Ruby Tiger
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Single-dotted Wave
Small Dusty Wave
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rufous
Small Square-spot
Square-spot Rustic
Square-spotted Clay
Straw Dot
Tawny-barred Angle
Tawny-speckled Pug
Vine's Rustic
Webb's Wainscot
Willow Beauty
Yellow Shell
Yellow-barred Brindle 

Micro Moths

Acentria emphermerella
Acleris laterana/comariana
Acrobasis advenella
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix arenella
Agriphila geniculea
Apotomis betuletana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia semitest
Aroga velocella
Bactra sp
Blastobasis adustella
Calamotropha paludella
Cameraria ohridella
Cataclysta lemnata
Catoptria falsella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia splendana
Ectoedemia decentella
Elachista bisulcella
Elachista canapennella
Emmelina monodactyla
Emmetia marginea
Epermenia falciformis
Ephestia sp
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia ramella
Epinotia sordidana
Epinotia tenerana
Epiphyas postvittana
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia pallida
Galleria mellonella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Monopis weaverella
Olindia schumacherana
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis corylana
Parornix sp
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
Phyllonorycter stettinensis
Pleuroptya ruralis
Prays fraxinella
Pyrausta aurata
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Scythropia crataegella
Udea ferrugalis
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad 

Celypha cespitana

Elachista atricomella

Elachista bisulcella

Elachista canapennella

Epinotia sordidana

Frosted Orange

Grey Pine Carpet

Phyllonorycter stettinensis

Platystomos albinus

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