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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Tuesday 6 November 2018

Daytime netting 03/05/18

Way back in early May, I had a brief 20 minute walk around my parents garden in Braughing Friars and tapped lots of vegetation in the hope of disturbing and netting any moths that took flight.
A few Green Carpets and Agonopterix arenella later and I netted two moths in succession from a large Spruce tree at the back of the garden.

The moths were good ones for me, and both only seen once before.

Cydia strobilella, is associated with Spruce, so maybe there is a local population associated with this tree, a rare moth in Herts and one that I first picked up at Bovingdon Brickworks in the far West of the County in 2016, during an influx of this moth which we presumed were either wanderer's or migrants!

The other moth was Nemapogon koenigi, a fairly distinictive dark Tineadae species that I first saw at Scales Park in 2017 and again more recently in June this year at Balls Wood near Hertford. 

Below are the pics.

Cydia strobilella

Nemapogon koenigi

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