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

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Saturday 2 April 2011

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Friday night

Had a field trip out to Parndon Wood last night, setting up at 8pm and leaving two 125w MV robinson traps out amongst woodland, at 15c at dusk with slight cloud cover it was perfect conditions.
The trap that was positioned under a large Oak was certainly more prolific, although many more moths were found in the trap rather than the sheet this time, showing the shift of warmer flying conditions, and the catch comprising of mostly spring species as opposed to winter stragglers, whih tended to not fly too much!

On returning at 6am this morning I was pleasantly surprised with the catch, which included multiple new for years and countless Small Quaker (the total tally was 98)

Best moths included recent emergences of Lunar Marbled Brown and Frosted Green and a slightly aberrant Hebrew Character.
The micro's turned up in good numbers as well for the first time this year with Diurnea fagella and Eriocrania subpurpurella being the most common.

Friday - 01/04/11 - Parndon Wood (total of 224 moths of 17 species) - 2x Robinson 125w MV Trap
Macro Moths

19x Frosted Green [NFY]
3x Early Thorn [NFY]
7x Brindled Pug [NFY]
2x Nut-tree Tussock [NFY]
2x Twin-spotted Quaker [NFY]
5x Lunar Marbled Brown [NFY]
2x Satellite
1x Clouded Drab
1x Engrailed
2x Hebrew Character
24x Common Quaker
98x Small Quaker
15x Chestnut

Frosted Green

Lunar Marbled Brown

Brindled Pug

Brindled Pug (melanic)

Early Thorn

Hebrew Character (aberration)

Twin-spotted Quaker

Micro Moths

18x Diurnea fagella [NFY]
22x Eriocrania subpurpurella [NFY]
1x Acleris cristana [NFY]
2x Acleris notana/ferrugana

Eriocrania subpurpurella f.fastuosella

Acleris cristana

Diurnea fagella


  1. A nice catch there Ben. I hope to do as well on my April trip to the woods......

  2. Thanks Matt, yes hope you do well too! it still is very early on in April and in the next few weeks we should see a whole handful of new species emerge! I can't wait

  3. Hi Ben, that Eriocrania sp. looks more like one of the birch feeders to me.It looks too purplish and heavily marked compared to the fastuosellas I've seen.Be interesting to see what others think.

  4. Agree with Charlie looks like Sangii or semipurpurella.?