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My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
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 never know what you might find when you open up that trap!
I hope to show what different species inhabit our Country by getting people aware of what is out there.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden here in Hertfordshire and enjoy doing field trips to various localities within Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

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Thanks for looking & happy Mothing!

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NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

First 200+ species - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 02/07/21

On a warm and humid night, but a little breezy at times... Chippenham Fen delivered once again. An insect paradise the welcome board says, and it certainly is that!
I set up 4 traps once again, with a generator positioned further down into the reedbeds with an Actinic (Hoping to intercept some species micros) Indeed it worked, with a single Monochroa hornigi to that very trap.
The moths came in thick and fast, and anything unusual was potted up for closer inspection half way through the night.
The diversity was incredible, and finally with numbers more expected for this time of year.  
 
I was gutted though, I missed a really stunning form of Acleris hastiana that landed next to me on the collar of one of my traps, fumbled with a pot and it got bumped into by another moth... gone and never to be seen again despite a thorough search, knackers!
I was lucky, whilst going through another trap I found another! Again a form that I haven't come across before, but pale in comparison to the orange/red with white and yellow streaks that the one I missed had.
 
Two good size Coleophora species were potted up that could be interesting and will be investigated, luckily very photogenic for a change.
 
And I waited a full hour for the Oblique Striped to open it's wings! 
 
Two new species for my records were both Monochroa hornigi & Monochroa tenebrella.
 
Eucosma conterminana was new for my UK records.

Once again, i'm just blown away at how good this place is for moths, and the habitat that supports the species that are recorded is owed to the team that manage it.

Catch Report - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 13/06/21 - 4 traps - 1x 250w Clear Tubular MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x Twin 15w Actinic Trap & 1x Quad 20w Wemlite Actinic and 15w Synergetic Trap

Macro Moths

Alder Moth
Barred Yellow
Blackneck
Blood-vein
Blotched Emerald
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Brown Rustic
Brown Scallop
Buff Footman
Buff-tip
Burnished Brass
Cloaked Minor
Clouded Brindle
Common Carpet
Common Emerald
Common Pug
Common Rustic
Common Wainscot
Common Wave
Common White Wave
Coronet
Cream Wave
Dark Arches
Dingy Shell
Drinker
Dusky Brocade
Elephant Hawk-moth
Engrailed
Eyed Hawk-moth
Figure of Eighty
Flame
Ghost Moth
Gold Swift
Green Carpet
Green Pug
Green Silver Lines
Grey Dagger sp
Grey Pug
Haworth's Pug
Heart & Club
Heart & Dart
Large Emerald
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Black Arches
Leopard Moth
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Light Arches
Light Emerald
Lime-speck Pug
Maple Prominent
Marbled Minor
Marbled White Spot
Mere Wainscot
Middle-barred Minor
Miller
Mottled Beauty
Oak Hook-tip
Oblique Striped
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peach Blossom
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Pine Hawk-moth
Pinion-streaked Snout
Poplar Grey
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Reed Leopard
Riband Wave
Rufous Minor
Silky Wainscot
Silver Barred
Sloe Pug
Small Blood-vein
Small Dotted Buff
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Phoenix
Small Rivulet
Small Seraphim
Small White Wave
Small Yellow Wave
Smoky Wainscot
Spectacle
Straw Dot
Striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Sycamore
Tawny Marbled Minor
Treble Brown Spot
V-Pug
White Ermine
White Satin
Wormwood Pug 

Micro Moths
 
Accentria ephemerella
Acleris hastiana
Acrobasis repandana
Adaina microdactyla
Aethes beatricella
Aethes rubigana
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Anania lancealis
Anania perlucidalis
Anarsia innoxiella
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis capreana
Aproaerema larseniella/taeniolella
Archips crataegana
Archips podana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia spinosella
Bactra sp
Batrachedra praeangusta
Brachmia blandella
Brachmia inornatella
Bryotropha domestica
Bryotropha terrella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Carcina quercana
Carpatolechia fugitivella
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Chilo phragmitella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis molliculana
Coleophora mayrella
Coleophora sp 1
Coleophora sp 2
Coptoptriche marginea
Cosmopterix liengiella
Cosmopterix scribaiella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crassa unitella
Cydia fagiglandana
Dichrorampha sp
Donacaula forficella
Ectoedemia decentella
Ectoedemia sp
Elachista utonella
Elophila nymphaeata
Epermenia falciformis
Ephestia sp
Epiblema costipunctana
Epiblema foenella
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia demarniana
Epinotia immundana
Epinotia signatana
Epiphyas postvittana
Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia quadrillella
Eucosma cana
Eucosma conterminana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma obumbratana
Exoteleia dodecella
Exoteleia dodecella
Gelechia muscosella
Gilmeria pallidactyla
Glyphipteris thrasonella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Luquetia lobella
Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha ochraceella
Monochroa hornigi
Monochroa tenebrella
Notocelia trimaculana sp
Notocelia uddmanniana
Oegoconia sp
Ostinia nubilalis
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Parornix sp
Phalonidia manniana
Plutella xylostella
Schoenobius gigantella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scythropia crataegella
Spilonota ocellana
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Stigmella sp
Swammerdamia caesiella
Tischeria ekebladella
Zeiraphera isertana
 
Beautiful sunset across the Fen

Actinic Trap overlooking the Fen

Coleophora sp

Coleophora sp

Gelechia muscosella

Monochroa tenebrella

Oblique Striped

 

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