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

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Wednesday 18 March 2020

Bramfield Woods - Field Trip

A debut session in the woods at Bramfield recently, was well worth it to add some early season records to the site list.
I need to tote the site list up properly at some point.
Best moths this week were at least 8 Lead-coloured Drabs, Oak Nycteoline and a female Diurnea fagella in copulation on a tree.

The weather has been mild during the day peaking at around 14c and only dropping to around 8-10c, but with a persistent South-west breeze and that shaved a few degrees of that temperature.

Below is the list that we managed on the trips.

Catch Report - Bramfield Woods - Central Herts - 6 traps - 1x 125w MV Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 250w MV Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, Led Skinner Trap and 40w u-tube + twin 20w Wemlite + 15w Actinic tube & 15w Synergetic tube Trap

Macro Moths

Brindled Pug 6
Chestnut 6
Clouded Drab 5
Common Quaker 15
Early Thorn 1 
Engrailed 12
Hebrew Character 4
Lead-coloured Drab 8
Oak Beauty 4
Oak Nycteoline 1 
March Moth 25
Satellite 2
Shoulder-stripe 3
Small Brindled Beauty 2
Small Quaker 50+
Twin-spotted Quaker 8
Yellow Horned 21

Micro Moths

Acleris notana/ferrugana 1
Agonopterix alstromeriana 1 
Agonopterix heracliana 1
Diurnea fagella 50+
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 1 
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Eriocrania sp pos sangii/semipurpurella 

Diurnea fagella in copulation

Diunea fagella


Eriocrania sp TBC

Lead-coloured Drab


Small Brindled Beauty

Yellow Horned

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