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
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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Sunday 23 May 2010

Field Trip - Thorndon Country Park - Friday Night

Well we made a decision to trap once again at Thorndon Country Park near Brentwood. After having a high of 28c during the day it seemed silly not to try all out for some new species.
Unfortunately the clouds were reluctant to show themselves and we ended up having a clear sky and a bright halfish moon, which we thought would not be ideal for Moths!
Trying in a different area amongst hedgerows and along the footpath, bordered by nettles, bracken and huge pine trees.

How wrong we were in 3 or so hours we had amassed a huge selection of Macro's including.....

Shutle-shaped Dart
Brimstone Moth
Flame Shoulder
Hebrew Character
Green Carpet
Pale Tussock
Common Pug
Nut-tree Tussock
Orange Footman (Abundant)
Common Quaker
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Brindled Pug
Brown Silver-line
Scalloped Hazel
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Pale Prominent
Maiden's Blush
Least Black Arches
Pebble Hook-tip
Waved Umber
Grey Pine Carpet
Oak-tree Pug
Coxcomb Prominent
Oak Hook-tip
Scorched Wing
Yellow-barred Brindle
White-pinion Spotted (Abundant)
Pale Oak Beauty
Ochreous Pug
Flame Carpet
Dingy Shell

Full list including amounts will be added when I get it from Graham.

Unfortunately I arsed up the poxy photo transfer to the Computer and as a result I have no pictures of any of the Macro Moths :(
But I did manage pictures of the more interesting Micro's which I took home with me to be identified.

So here is the Micro Moth list

1x Apple Fruit Moth Argyresthia conjugella
1x Epinotia rubiginosana
1x Lobesia reliquana
1x Pseudococcyx posticana
2x Celypha lacunana
10x Syndemis musculana
3x Adela reaumurella
2x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Esperia sulphurella
2x Epinotia immundana
3x Elachista argentella
2x Eulia ministrana
1x Ancylis badiana
1x Incurvaria oehlmanniella

And the pictures that worked!!

Lobesia reliquana

Apple Fruit Moth Argyresthia conjugella

Epinotia rubiginosana

Pseudococcyx posticana

Incurvaria oehlmanniella

We shall vow to return to such a diverse habitat!

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