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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My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday 4 August 2011

Field Trip - Canvey Island (Wick) - 02/08/11

Back to Essex and under probably the best conditions we've had this year, a trip was organised with 6 of us arranging to meet at the Morrison's Car Park at 9pm. It had been the hottest day of the year and the evening was very mild indeed under a cloudy sky. We set up on the concrete flats down near the coast and ran 4 traps, Don Down's 125w MV Tripod set-up, Graham's dual 40w Actinic and my 125w MV Robinson & 160w MBT Trap. The Moths came in at a steady pace to start with around Don's Tripod and then all of a sudden, it was hard to keep up and tick each species as they came in. Not quite as epic as our 126 species of Macro Moths last year, but we had a fair few new ones for the site and some local rarities to spice things up a bit! The actual site is still an absolute tip, as they continue to develop a road that will eventually lead to a distribution area, luckily much further over from this important site.

The Moths were superb including new Moths for me Dog's Tooth, Marbled Green, Reed Dagger, Sallow Kitten, Agdistis bennetii, Ebulea crocealis, Epiblema foenella, Eucosma campoliliana, Evergestis extimalis and Stathmopoda pedella, so 10 new species was astonishing!
Other species of note included 1 Crescent several White-points, 3 Garden Tiger's and the rare RDB3 Platytes alipinella was also very common there with at least 25 individuals, always nice to see!

Here is the provisional list that I made on the night, no counts were made by me and i'm probably missing a few as my pen run out of ink!


Macro Moths

2x Oak Eggar

15x Drinker

3x Pebble Hook-tip

1x Mullein Wave

1x Small Blood-vein

5x Lesser Cream Wave

15x Least Carpet

5x Small Fan-footed Wave

1x Single-dotted Wave

4x Small Scallop

15x Riband Wave

50x Shaded Broad-bar

4x Common Carpet

3x Yellow Shell

5x Slender Pug

15x Lime-speck Pug

2x Tawny Speckled Pug

2x Shaded Pug

3x Plain Pug

1x V-Pug

3x Double-striped Pug

1x Treble-bar

7x Magpie Moth

1x Clouded Border

1x Scorched Carpet

12x Sharp-angled Peacock

10x Brimstone Moth

4x Canary-shouldered Thorn

1x Early Thorn

2x Scalloped Oak

3x Willow Beauty

2x Common White Wave

1x Clouded Silver

1x Poplar Hawk-moth

15x Sallow Kitten [NEW!]

6x Pebble Prominent

2x Swallow Prominent

3x Pale Prominent

10x Brown-tail

2x Yellow-tail

1x Rosy Footman

1x Dingy Footman

25x Scarce Footman

3x Common Footman

3x Garden Tiger

20x Ruby Tiger

25x White-line Dart

1x Turnip Moth

1x Heart and Dart

40x Shuttle-shaped Dart

5x Flame Shoulder

5x Large Yellow Underwing

15x Lesser Yellow Underwing

10x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

3x Least Yellow Underwing

1x Dog's Tooth [NEW!]

2x Bright-line Brown-eye

4x Brown-line Bright Eye

20x Clay

5x White-point

4x Southern Wainscot

10x Smoky Wainscot

2x Common Wainscot

1x Grey Dagger

2x Knot Grass

5x Reed Dagger [NEW!]

8x Tree-lichen Beauty

4x Marbled Beauty

1x Chinese Character

1x Garden Carpet

1x Lesser Swallow Prominent

1x Marbled Green [NEW!]

1x Copper Underwing

20x Dun-bar

20x Dark Arches

1x Marbled Minor

30x Cloaked Minor

10x Common Rustic

10x Dusky Sallow

2x Rosy Rustic

1x Crescent

2x Bulrush Wainscot

4x Twin-spotted Wainscot

15x Fen Wainscot

5x Uncertain

10x Rustic

2x Vine's Rustic

2x Silky Wainscot

7x Cream-bordered Green Pea

1x Nut-tree Tussock

1x Straw Dot

Dogs Tooth

Garden Tiger's

Reed Dagger

Sallow Kitten

Sharp-angled Peacock

Silky Wainscot

Twin-spotted Wainscot

White Point

White-line Dart

Micro Moths

1x Coleophora sp.

1x Yponomeuta sp.

2x Argyresthia goedartella

1x Ypsolopha sequella

1x Batia unitella

1x Anacampsis blattariella

1x Helcystogramma rufescens

5x Blastobasis lignea

1x Stathmopoda pedella [NEW!]

1x Limnaecia phragmitella

4x Agapeta hamana

1x Cochylis hybridella

2x Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix

2x Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth

1x Celypha striana

2x Apotomis betuletana

5x Eudemis profundana

2x Epinotia brunnichana

1x Epiblema foenella [NEW!]

1x Eucosma campoliliana [NEW!]

2x Eucosma cana

1x Eucosma obumbratana

2x Cydia pomonella Codling Moth

3x Calamotropha paludella

20 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer

5x Crambus perlella

10x Agriphila tristella

2x Catoptria pinella

1x Catoptria falsella

1x Pediasia aridella

20x Platytes alpinella

1x Schoenobius gigantella

5x Scoparia ambigualis

2x Eudonia pallida

2x Cataclysta lemnata Small China-mark

2x Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble

2x Evergestis extimalis

2x Pyrausta aurata

1x Sitochroa palealis [NEW!]

2x Phlyctaenia coronata

1x Ebulea crocealis [NEW!]

5x Udea prunalis

50x Synaphe punctalis

30x Endotricha flammealis

2x Aphomia sociella Bee Moth

5x Trachycera advenella

5x Oncocera semirubella

3x Agdistis bennetii [NEW!]

Agdistis bennetii

Cochylis hybridella

Ebulea crocealis

Epiblema foenella

Eucosma campoliliana

Evergestis extimalis

Platytes alpinella

Schoenobius gigantella

Stathmopoda pedella

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