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
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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

Saturday 24 August 2013

Sawbridgeworth Marsh

Had a quick trip to a nearby marsh in Sawbridgeworth, it is a lovely habitat
and usually has something unusual and worth going for.
Indeed it was but with rain threatening and then the sky clearing with a bright moon,
the catch was not huge, but did include some lovely species.
The moths I went for were the Webb's Wainscot and Crescent (both are common on the
marsh) but I did not expect to get 50+ individuals of the Webb's, there were 3
Crescents, all of the plain form.
Another good moth that I recorded was Small Rufous, a local moth.
On the tiddler front, 2 Orthotelia sparganella were great records and only my 2nd
and 3rd ever of this species.

Catch Report - 22/08/13 - Sawbridgeworth Marsh - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap, 1x 160w MBT
Robinson Trap and 1x 80w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

1x Straw Underwing
1x Small Square-spot
1x Scorched Carpet
1x Common White Wave
2x Common Wave
1x Maple Pug
1x Silver-Y
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Small Phoenix
1x Black Arches
1x Green Carpet
2x Orange Swift
3x Crescent
1x Copper Underwing
1x Purple Bar
1x Swallow Prominent

1x Pinion-streaked Snout
2x Latticed Heath
2x Common Rustic
2x Willow Beauty
2x Lime-speck Pug
2x Tree-lichen Beauty
10 Six-striped Rustic
1x Dusky Thorn
3x Dingy Footman
2x Small Waved Umber
2x Bulrush Wainscot
1x Common Wainscot
1x Common Carpet
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Single-dotted Wave
2x Yellow-barred Brindle
1x Least Yellow Underwing
1x Common Footman
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Small Rufous
4x Brimstone
8x Flame Shoulder
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Ghost Moth
2x Cloaked Minor
50+ Webb's Wainscot
2x Straw Dot
2x Blood-vein
5x Square-spot Rustic
1x Ruby Tiger

Micro Moths

10x Bactra lancealana
60+ Limnaecia phragmitella
5x Pandemis heparana
5x Clepsis spectrana
7x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Phycita roborella
3x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Monopis laevigella
1x Catoptria falsella
1x Donacaula forficella
10x Agriphila geniculea
10x Acleris rhombana
2x Orthotelia sparganella
2x Parapoynx stratiotata
3x Elophila nymphaeata
1x Cochylis atricapitana
1x Cydia splendana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
6x Elachista maculicerusella
1x Adaina microdactyla
1x Agapeta hamana
1x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Trachycera advenella
5x Agriphila tristella
1x Monochroa palustrella
1x Plutella xylostella
1x Epinotia foenella
2x Epermenia falciformis

Bulrush Wainscot

Clepsis spectrana

Clepsis spectrana


Dusky Thorn

Epermenia falciformis

Orthotelia sparganella

Orthotelia sparganella

Small Rufous

Tree-lichen Beauty

Webb's Wainscot

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