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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Sunday 22 May 2022

Cavenham Heath - Field Trip - 19/05/22

I paid a visit to Cavenham Heath in neighbouring Suffolk last Thursday night, a really special looking site that I hope to continue to record moths at throughout the year.
Being so close to Suffolk here in East Camns, it is extremely convenient to find sites across both counties (A bit like when I lived in East Herts and West Essex).
We arrived at around 7:30pm and I did some sweeping first turning up a few species around the Gorse, namely Common Heath, Cydia ulicetana, Neofaculta ericetella and a few of the Carpet species.
Afterwards we proceeded to setup 3 traps, one in the Birch woodland and two overlooking the open areas of heathland.
It was warm and almost muggy an hour before lights on, but then the sky cleared and you could see your breath only half hour after dark! A cool and dewy one by the end at midnight.
Luckily there were still some beautiful moths to enjoy, namely the big furry Fox Moth, the exotic looking Cream-spot Tiger and the bright Clouded Buff.
Micro moths were few and far between but Carpatolechia proximella and Glyphipterix forsterella were the best from the night.
It's always worth the effort getting out and lugging the traps around and you feel some sort of sense of achievement in doing so.
If you've never explored the woods, grasslands, marshes, coastal sand dunes local to you, then why not give it a go? Even if you haven't got any suitable equipment, there is sure to be someone local to you who shares the same passion, the passion of moths.

19/05/22 - Cavenham Heath - West Suffolk - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Brown Silver-line
Buff Ermine
Clouded Buff
Common Marbled Carpet
Common White Wave
Common Wainscot
Cream-spot Tiger
Flame Shoulder
Fox Moth
Green Carpet
Iron Prominent
Light Brocade
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Marbled White-spot
Marbled Minor sp
Mottled Rustic
Narrow-winged Pug
Orange Footman
Pale Tussock
Pale Oak Beauty
Peach Blossom
Peppered Moth
Peacock Moth
Pebble Hook-tip
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Swallow Prominent
Straw Dot
Tawny-barred Angle
Treble Lines
Yellow Belle

Micro Moths

Adela reamurella
Agapeta hamana
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Anthophila fabriciana
Bryotropha terrella
Carpatolechia proximella
Celypha lacunana
Cochylis nana
Coleophora sp TBC
Cydia ulicetana
Eulia ministrana
Neofaculta ericetella
Nemapogon cloacella
Orthotaenia undulana
Phylloporia bistrigella
Plutella xylostella
Scoparia ambigualis
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Teleiopsis diffinis
Tinea trinotella

Ancylis mitterbacheriana

Bryotropha terrella

Carpatolechia proximella

Clouded Buff

Coleophora sp TBC

Common Heath

Cream-spot Tiger

Fox Moth

Glyphipterix forsterella

Grey Pug

Orthotaenia undulana


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