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!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
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Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

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Friday 15 July 2022

Suffolk mothing at my parents

Last Saturday night we stayed over my parents in Lawshall, Suffolk.
The idea was to also run some moth traps overnight, and empty early morning.

It had been a warm day of around 25 degrees, but did cool down fairly quickly under clear skies and the minimum was around 12 degrees in the end.
It was also a bit breezy, a constant feature of their garden as it is quite exposed.
The half an acre garden is surrounded by bean fields and fairly poor hedgerows comprising mainly of Ash.
scrub and young woodland is within 1/4 of a mile from where the traps were sited, therefore it would be interesting to see what turned up.
I stayed up until nearly 1am, and caved in to ensuing tiredness.
The amount of moths actually surprised me, and new species were coming every couple of minutes. 

By the morning, the traps were fairly busy and a total of 147 species were logged from the garden.

Highlights wereAgonopterix propinquella, Orange Moth (Rather worn), Agonopterix liturosa, Celypha rosaceana & a really dark Agonopterix species which has been retained.

All in all, a really succesful night.
09/07/22 - Lawshall - Suffolk - 1x 40 Actinic Trap, 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap &

Macro Moths

Barred Straw   
Beautiful Hook-tip   
Blue-bordered Carpet   
Bright-line Brown-eye   
Brimstone Moth   
Brown Rustic   
Brown-line Bright-eye   
Buff Arches   
Chinese Character   
Cloaked Minor   
Clouded Border   
Clouded Silver   
Common Carpet   
Common Footman   
Common Rustic   
Common Wainscot   
Dark Arches   
Dark Umber   
Dewick's Plusia   
Dingy Footman   
Dot Moth   
Double Square-spot   
Double-striped Pug   
Dwarf Cream Wave   
Early Thorn   
Elephant Hawk-moth   
Flame Shoulder   
Ghost Moth   
Green Pug   
Grey Dagger sp   
Haworth's Pug   
Heart & Club   
Heart & Dart   
July Highflyer   
Knot Grass   
Large Yellow Underwing   
Latticed Heath   
Least Carpet   
Light Arches   
Maple Pug   
Mottled Beauty   
Mottled Rustic   
Oak Nycteoline   
Orange Moth   
Pale Prominent   
Peach Blossom   
Peppered Moth   
Pine Hawk-moth   
Poplar Hawk-moth   
Red Twin-spot Carpet   
Riband Wave   
Scalloped Oak   
Scarce Footman   
Setaceous Hebrew Character   
Shaded Broad-bar   
Short-cloaked Moth   
Single-dotted Wave   
Small Blood-vein   
Small Dusty Wave   
Small Emerald   
Small Fan-footed Wave   
Small Scallop   
Smoky Wainscot   
Straw Dot   
Swallow-tailed Moth   
White Satin   
Willow Beauty   
Yellow Shell   

Micro Moths

Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris variegana
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix liturosa
Agonopterix propinquella
Agonopterix sp TBC
Agriphila straminella
Anania coronata
Anania hortulata
Aphomia sociella
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Archips podana
Argyresthia albistria
Blastobasis adustella
Blastodacna hellerella
Bryotropha terrella
Carcina quercana
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha striana
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimiliana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylis hybridella
Coleophora mayrella
Crambus lathoniellus
Crambus pascuella
Crambus perlella
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista cannapennella
Endotricha flammealis
Epermenia chaerophylella
Epinotia abbreviana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma obumbratana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Evergestis limbata
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypsopygia costalis
Mompha ochraceella
Monochroa palustrella
Morophaga choragella
Myelois circumvoluta
Notocelia uddmanniana
Oegoconia sp
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Phycita roborella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Pyrausta purpuralis
Rhodophaea formosa
Scoparia subfusca
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Sitochroa verticalis
Tinea trinotella
Udea prunalis
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta sp
Ypsolopha scabrella

40w Actinic Bucket Trap

125w Blacklight Blue MV Robinson Trap

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Agonopterix liturosa

Agonopterix propinquella

Agonopterix sp

Celypha rosaceana

Pyrausta purpuralis

Scalloped Oak

Small Scallop

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