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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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

Friday 19 September 2014

From Small to Large in a week

Well what an odd year it is turning out to be! The amount of double-brooding and even triple-brooding is seriously all out of proportion! 

There are still Straw Dots, Mother of Pearls and Small Phoenix flying, last night I went out on a field trip and we managed some great moths including a few shockingly late species...more on that tomorrow now.

I trapped once more last week on the 17th and managed a very small catch with just one new moth for the year, a lovely Large Ranunculus after having a (rarely recorded) second brood Small Ranunculus last week.

A fresh Carcina quercana was also a shock!

I also saw my second of the year at work today which was indoors.

So here is the rather modest list.

Catch Report - 17/09/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Ranunculus [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty
2x Square-spot Rustic
2x Snout
3x Lunar Underwing
5x Brimstone Moth
8x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Vine's Rustic
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Common Wainscot
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Garden Carpet
2x Straw Dot

Micro Moths

2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Coleophora sp
4x Plutella xylostella
1x Carcina quercana

Large Ranunculus

1 comment:

  1. I'm getting 2 or 3 C. quercana most nights. The 2nd gen is commoner than the first around here.
    Had my first Large Runc a few days ago along with 2 x Small, they always overlap at The Dells.