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

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My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Parndon Wood

Moth Review 2010

As a keen moth recorder for the last 4 years I decided to carry out a few field trips at Parndon Wood during various times of the year. Following on from last year’s trips which included uncommon species such as Oak Hook-tip & the Nationally Scarce B species Large Thorn, it was apparent that this woodland had huge potential for moth recording.

This ‘potential’ was realised when on 04th of February, 387 moths of 6 species were recorded in 7 hours with a record 212 Spring Usher & 114 Pale Brindled Beauty respectively.

A return on the 24th of February yielded a new species for the site in the form of 10 Small Brindled Beauties, a local woodland moth. Again numbers were high and 39 March moths and a record 300 of the micro moth Tortricodes alternella were also recorded.

On the 19th of May a single Poplar Lutestring which is another local moth was recorded along with other local species including Small Seraphim & Lesser Wax Moth Achroia grisella.

On the 06th of July another good catch of 69 species of moth was made including uncommon Essex species such as Lackey, Bird’s Wing, Waved Black and September Thorn.

Later on in the month on the 25th of July a huge amount of 2 local species were found on arrival at 5am in the morning, 37 Black Arches & 29 September Thorns. 5 Tree-lichen Beauties were also recorded (5 years ago this was a scarce migrant to the UK) so Parndon Wood must have a very good habitat indeed.

The last and final trip was on the 30th of October and yielded a single uncommon micro moth Acleris hastiana along with 8 Diurnea lipsiella.

All records from Parndon Wood that I have recorded have now been sent to the County Recorder for Essex to be verified and then added to the British Moth Database in due course.

I will be hoping for more rare sightings next year!

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