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.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
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 July 2013

It's always nice to get some new ones on a field trip!

Had a great night moth-trapping in Essex last night with a good friend Graham Bailey, a trip that had been well over-due, we decided on Thorndon Park as opposed to the more exposed Canvey Island site as it was predicted to be clear and a little cooler later on. Indeed
the weather forecast did not disappoint and the sky promptly cleared as I was driving towards Brentwood, though we did get a smattering of cloud at various intervals.

All in all we did better than we thought we would, with plenty of moths coming to all 3 of the MV traps, but little else apart from lots of micros to the Actinic trap and MBT.
It did tend to be great numbers of the same moths, notably Light Emerald, Small White Wave, Blotched Emerald, Brindled White-spot and Scorched Wing.
Best moths of the night included our target species and one we had the last time we visited at this time of year, the Great Oak Beauty, I think we managed 13 in the end, abit down on the previous amount (20) but it is pleasing to know that their seems to be a stronghold here for this scarce moth.

Red-necked Footman was a surprise and only my second ever.
We also had plenty of Lime Hawk-moths (4 or 5) but sadly that was the only species of Hawk-moth we got!

On the micro front, Pandemis cinnamomeana was a good record, possbly 5th or 6th County record, a new one for me.
Others of note were several Ptycholomoides aeriferanus, lots of Apotomis turbidana and five Cydia fagiglandana, the two later species both new for me aswell.

Numbers below are approximate

Provisional list

Catch Report - 03/07/13 - Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood - 3x 125w MV Robinson trap, 1x 160w MBT trap and 40w Actinic/26w CFL trap

Macro Moths

1 1/2x Angle Shades (I found a wing!)
1x Barred Yellow
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
15x Blotched Emerald

2x Garden Carpet
6x Ingrailed Clay
1x Willow Beauty
20x Brindled White-spot
1x Broken-barred Carpet
6x Brown Rustic
8x Brown Silver-line
1x Buff Arches
1x Buff Ermine
1x Clouded Border
5x Clouded Silver
8x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
5x Common White Wave
1x Dingy Shell
1x Fan-foot
1x Flame
1x Flame Carpet
13x Great Oak Beauty
1x Green Carpet
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Grey Dagger
1x Grey-pine Carpet
3x Grey Pug
1x Heart & Club
2x Heart & Dart
4x Iron Prominent
1x Large Yellow Underwing
50x Light Emerald
4x Lime Hawk-moth
3x Lobster Moth
5x Marbled White Spot
10x Mottled Beauty
2x Orange Footman
25x Pale Oak Beauty
4x Peacock Moth
1x Red-necked Footman
2 Riband Wave
20x Scorched Wing
1x Silver-ground Carpet
3x Small Angle Shades
15x Small White Wave
3x Small Yellow Wave
3x Snout
5x Straw Dot
10x Tawny-barred Angle
2x Treble Lines
1x Uncertain
8x White-pinion Spotted

Micro Moths
1x Pandemis cinnamomeana [NEW!]
1x Anthophila fabriciana
15x Apotomis turbidana [NEW!]
5x Cydia fagiglandana [NEW!]
2x Piniphila bifasciana
2x Ptycholomoides aeriferanus
2x Strophedra weirana/nitidana
100x Tortrix viridana
10x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Acrobasis consociella
2x Cnephasia sp
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
1X Epinotia demarniana
5x Epiblema trimaculana
2x Aleimma loeflingiana
10x Pandemis cerasana
4x Pandemis heparana
5x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Coleophora sp
1x Epinotia bilunana
2x Celypha lacunana
2x Eucosma cana
2x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Crambus pascuella
1x Archips podana
1x Incurvaria masculella

Apotomis turbidana

Cydia fagiglandana

Great Oak Beauties

Pandemis cinnamomeana

Piniphila bifasciana

Ptycholomoides aeriferanus

Red-necked Footman

Small White Wave

Small Yellow Wave

Blotched Emerald

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