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 13 April 2021

Troublesome Twitchy Tinea's

Tinea moths, my goodness... are rock hard to photograph.
I found this suspected Tinea bisselliella at one of our community centres in Bishop's Stortford yesterday (12/04/21), it was sitting by the lit emergency light above the front door, and if correct (which I think it is) will be my 1698th (or there abouts) species for the UK across 4 Counties (Beds, Herts, Essex and Cambs).
I fridged the specimen for a few hours, tried to photograph it... no luck. So it was fridged for the night and today another attempt at getting it to pose and sit still, another fail despite tapping it gently, it just kept running around.
Of course, I wasn't going to give up, in the fridge again and out again, tapped it onto my background and cupped my hands around the vial to obscure the brightness and gently peeked in, and yes it had settled! pot lifted off ever so gently and it ran off again!! Gaaah.

It took me 4 times of the above method to get it to sit still for, I reckon 20 seconds at best, enough time to fire off a few shots.

To say i'm chuffed, would be an understatement.

This Tinea is quite uncommon nowadays despite it's vernacular name of 'Common Clothes Moth'.



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