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!


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

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Wednesday 30 September 2015

Field Trip - Box Wood - Stevenage

Well what a not-so perfect night to go out...a day after the super full moon eclipse thingy and the moon was still as bright as ever with cool temperatures and a bit of breeze at times, it wasn't ideal! 
Martin Townsend and I were of course searching in a vain attempt to re-find Hyphantria cunea which I caught last year on the 29th of September.
Martin has put in extensive field work for this across two areas and nearly every time he has trapped it has either been freezing cold or too wet!
For starters one of the traps didn't work, hopefully it is just a fuse, as water has got into the control box..not good!
The species were mundane and Martin did stay until dawn, but I started packing up at about 11pm.
Species of note were just lateish records such as Latticed Heath, Burnished Brass and Agriphila geniculea. 

Catch Report -  28/09/15 - Box Wood - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap 1x 160w MBT Robinson Trap 1x 40w Actinic + 26w CFL Trap

Macro Moths

3x Brimstone Moth
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Green Carpet
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Square-spot Rustic
10x Snout
2x Brindled Green
1x Garden Carpet
1x Burnished Brass
1x Latticed Heath

Micro Moths

2x Agonopterix arenella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Endrosis sarcitrella
1x Agriphila geniculea

Burnished Brass

Latticed Heath

1 comment:

  1. I love latticed heaths, although that isn't as colourful a specimen as the ones I saw up here. Female, I guess.