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!


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Tuesday 25 June 2024

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 21/06/24

A window of opportunity arised last Friday night, and after watching The Lion King with the family, I was packed up and ready to meet up with an old friend at nearby Chippenham Fen.
I didn't arrive until nearly 9pm, but being just +1 day after summer solstice, this didn't matter, as it was still light past 10pm.
The evening was warm and muggy, but the sky did clear and then the wind picked up, in fact it was windy for most of the night, gusting on and off and not ideal.

Still we soldiered on and amassed a fair old list, nothing like previous years I must add, but 181 species was not to be sniffed at.

There were some really good moths.

Aproaerema taeniolella was new for me and confirmed by the underside of the forewing.
A nice big female Archips crataegana was also nice to see (females are never commonly encountered for this species).
The beautiful Bordered Beauty was another highlight for us both, a regular moth here but always a treat to see.
There were a couple of pine associated tortrix moths as well, namely the tiny Epinotia nanana and the darkest Exoteleia dodecella i've ever taken (and which got the heart pumping for a few minutes).

A female Swift species was also initially mis-identified as a Map-winged, but of course after some sleep, it was to be a Gold Swift.

Best moth of the night appears to be a Haplotinea insectella, a moth not seen in Cambridgeshire since 1905 at Wicken Fen. It looks the part, but will need dissecting for verification.

All in all not bad for the time of year.

21/06/24 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 1x 125w Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 250w Robinson Trap & 1x Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Straw
Barred Yellow
Beautiful Hook-tip
Bordered Beauty
Brimstone Moth
Brown Scallop
Brown Rustic
Bright-line Brown-eye
Broad-barred White
Burnished Brass
Clouded Border
Clouded Brindle
Clouded Silver
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Common Swift
Dark Arches
Double Square-spot
Dotted Fan-foot
Eyed Hawk-moth
Flame Wainscot
Figure of Eighty
Ghost Moth
Gold Swift
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Grey Pug
Haworths Pug
Heart & Club
Latticed Heath
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Light Emerald
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mottled Beauty
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pebble Prominent
Pinion-streaked Snout
Pine Hawk-moth
Poplar Grey
Privet Hawk-moth
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rosy Footman
Sandy Carpet
Scalloped Oak
Scarlet Tiger
Short-cloaked Moth
Silver Barred
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Dotted Buff
Smoky Wainscot
Southern Wainscot
Spruce Carpet
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow-tailed Moth
Treble Brown Spot
Tawny Barred angle
Treble Bar
V pug
Willow Beauty
Wormwood Pug
Yellow Shell

Micro Moths

Acompsia cinerella
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes cnicana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania coronata
Ancylis achatana
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis capreana
Aproaerema taeniolella
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips rosana
Argyresthia albistria
Archips xylosteana
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia inornatella
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix cidarella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Carpatolechia fugivitella
Celypha cespitana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chilo phragmitella
Clepsis consimilana
Clepsis spectrana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis atricapitana
Coleophora kuehnella
Coleophora sp
Cosmopterix lienigiella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista maculicerusella
Elachista stabilella
Elachista humilis
Ephestia sp
Emmetia marginea
Epinotia nanana
Epinotia signatana
Epinotia tenerana
Etainia decentella
Ethmia dodecea
Eucosma cana
Eudonia pallida
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudonia lacustrata
Euzophera pinguis
Exoteleia dodecella
Glyphipterix thrasonella
Gypsonoma dealbana
Haplotinea insectella (TBC)
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Lozotaenia forsterana
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella
Monopis crocicapitella
Morophaga choragella
Neocochylis molliculana
Nematopogon metaxella
Niditinea fuscella/striolella
Notocelia trimaculana
Notocelia uddmanniana
Paraswammerdamia nebulella
Phyllonorycter klemannella
Phycita roborella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Phycitodes binaevella
Pammene regiana
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Phalonidia manniana
Piniphila bifasciana
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Phtheochroa sodaliana
Prays fraxinella
Pseudoswammerdamia combinella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scythropia crataegella
Stigmella sp
Tortrix viridana
Udea olivalis
Zelotherses paleana

Aethes cnicana

Aproaerema taeniolella

Archips crataegana

Bordered Beauty

Brachmia inornatella

Bucculatrix cidarella

Chilo phragmitella

Coleophora kuehnella

Epinotia nanana

Exoteleia dodecella

Gold Swift

Haplotinea insectella (tbc)

Stigmella sp

125w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Pine Hawk-moth


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