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
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

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

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Monday 4 October 2021

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 25/09/21

I made my last field trip of the year last Saturday night to my local nature reserve, Chippenham Fen.
The day had been mild but a bit breezy and this theme continued into the night, but with a minimum of 15 degrees expected, it was a last chance saloon.
It started well, but then the sky cleared and the temperature cooled somewhat and a mist shrouded all of the lights by around 11pm, not ideal and consequently the moths just stopped flying.
I packed up just before midnight with a reasonable selection of early Autumn moths. 

Despite recording 22 Barred Sallow, I still to this date (04/10/21) haven't had one in the garden yet!

Some late records were observed, namely the following species..

Agapeta hamana
Apotomis betuletana
Argyresthia goedartella
Grapholita funebrana
Straw Dot
All 7 species are my latest ever records since starting moth recording in 2006.

Two Epinotia species are almost certainly the Aspen feeding cinereana, one has been retained.

Catch Report - Chippenham Fen - Cambridgeshire - 25/09/21 - 3 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap & 1x 160w MBT Trap

26 Macro Moth Species and 15 Micro Moth Species  - 41 Species in total. 

Macro Moths

Angle Shades 2
Barred Sallow 22
Black Rustic 1
Brimstone Moth 2
Centre-barred Sallow 18
Chevron 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Copper Underwing 1
Deep-brown Dart 2
Dingy Footman 1
Frosted Orange 3
Green Carpet 1
Large Wainscot 2
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Light Emerald 1
Lunar Underwing 25
Lunar Yellow Underwing 1
Pink-barred Sallow 2
Red-green Carpet 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 10
Small Fan-footed Wave 1
Small Wainscot 4
Snout 2
Spectacle 1
Straw Dot 1
Willow Beauty 1
Micro Moths
Acleris comariana/laterana 2 (1 Retained TBC)
Agapeta hamana 1
Apotomis betuletana 1
Argyresthia goedartella 2
Cameraria ohridella l
Emmetia marginea l
Endrosis sarcitrella l
Epinotia cinereana/nisella 2 (1 Retained TBC)
Epinotia ramella l
Epiphyas postvittana l
Eudonia pallida 1
Grapholita funebrana 1
Hofmannophila pseudosprestella l
Phyllonorycter messaniella 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 3

Acleris comariana/laterana

Barred Sallow


Epinotia cinereana/nisella

Epinotia cinereana/nisella

Eudonia pallida

Pink-barred Sallow

Frosted Orange


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