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!


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

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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Basil's Park - 19/02/19 - Daytime wander

Enjoyed an hour walking along the paths through this new wood to me.
As far as my County Recorder is aware, there aren't any records of Lepidoptera here, it's a pretty vast woodland and i've yet to see it in the Summer with all the trees in leaf.
There are however plenty of Scots Pine and swathes of Holly, of which I tapped some of the bushes, dislodging just two moths, both Tortricodes alternella, Moth species number 1!

I also found an Engrailed, my earliest ever Spring record and sitting precariously low down on a Hornbeam tree.

An empty pupal case of Black Arches was also noted.

Best of all, I counted no less than 7 Taleporia tubulosa (Thanks to the help of guys on the Moths UK Flying Tonight Admin Group).
It seems to be quite rare in the County, or at least just under-recorded. They were all found on Hornbeam and every single one was vacated.

I look forward to trapping here when the nights start drawing out and when it gets a bit warmer.

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