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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Sunday 21 August 2022

Anglesey Abbey - Field Trip - 13/08/22

I was invited by Bill Mansfield to join him at Anglesey Abbey in East Cambs.
Bill had sorted the necessary permissions out to trap here (This being only his second visit this year).

It had been a really hot day at 33 degrees and the temperature was still an incredible 26 degrees when I switched my lights on at quarter to 9! 
We did have one thing that hampered us a little, that big bright moon rising fast towards the East, and with no cloud cover whatsoever it was very bright.
The breeze also got up through the night which wasn't forecast, and 2 of the traps didn't fare very well out in the open.
The Mv robinson next to the formal gardens did the best, being secluded the moths were all over the trap and in the short grass, making it fairly easy to pot moths up that hadn't made it to the trap.

I set my traps up around the top left area of the estate, and Bill concentrated on the lower left area adjacent to the wildflower meadows, which unfortunately had suffered bad from the impending drought.

The site itself is incredibly diverse, with many unusual plants and trees, a mothing paradise and I look forward to going back again very soon.

Below are the moths I recorded over my 4 lights, Bill did a seperate list, so hopefully we managed to break the 150 species barrier (I was 6 short with 144).

The best moths for me were Vestal, at least 6 Dark Sword-grass, a stunning Hedge Rustic, plenty of Clay Triple-lines, Argyresthia semitestacella, August Thorn and a nice form of Buff Footman.
Hedge Rustic is a rare moth for me, i've only taken it previously at Hexton Chalk Pit in Hertfordshire in 2015, they are very similar to Straw Underwing at night.

13/08/22 - Anglesey Abbey - East Cambridgeshire - 4 traps, 125w Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 40w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths 

Angle Shades     
August Thorn     
Barred Hook-tip     
Black Arches     
Bright-line Brown-eye     
Brimstone Moth     
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Buff Footman     
Burnished Brass     
Canary-shouldered Thorn     
Chinese Character     
Clay Triple-lines     
Cloaked Minor     
Common Carpet     
Common Rustic agg     
Common Wainscot     
Common Wave    
Copper Underwing     
Cream-bordered Green Pea     
Currant Pug     
Dark Sword-grass     
Dingy Footman     
Double-striped Pug     
Dusky Thorn     
Ear Moth     
Flame Shoulder     
Flounced Rustic     
Green Carpet     
Hedge Rustic    
Large Yellow Underwing     
Latticed Heath     
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Light Emerald     
Lime-speck Pug     
Maple Prominent     
Marbled Beauty     
Marbled Clover     
Mouse Moth     
Orange Swift     
Pale Mottled Willow    
Pale Prominent     
Poplar Hawk-moth     
Riband Wave     
Ruby Tiger     
Scorched Carpet     
Setaceous Hebrew Character     
Shuttle-shaped Dart     
Single-dotted Wave     
Small Blood-vein     
Small Rufous     
Small Square-spot     
Square-spotted Clay    
Straw Dot    
Straw Underwing     
Tawny Wave     
Tawny-barred Angle     
Tree-lichen Beauty     
Turnip Moth     
Vine's Rustic     
White-line Dart     
Willow Beauty     
Yellow Shell     
Yellow-barred Brindle  

Micro Moths

Acentria emphemerella
Achroia grisella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris rhombana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella
Adaina microdactyla
Agapeta zoegana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix arenella
Agriphila geniculea
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Aphomia sociella
Aproaerema anthyllidella
Argyresthia bonnetella
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia semifusca
Argyresthia semitestacella
Assara terebrella
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Bryotropha terrella
Bucculatrix bechsteinella
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella
Caloptilia rufipennella
Caloptilia semifascia
Calybites phasianipennella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Cataclysta lemnata
Celypha lacunana
Celypha rosaceana
Celypha sp pos rufana [TBC]
Cochylis dubitana
Cochylis hybridella
Cochylis molliculana
Crambus pascuella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia pomonella
Cydia splendana
Ectoedemia decentella
Elophila nymphaeata
Emmetia marginea
Endothenia gentianaeana/marginana
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epinotia tenerana
Eudonia mercurella
Evergestis forficalis
Gelechiidae sp [TBC]
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Metalampra italica
Mompha subbistrigella
Nephopterix angustella
Nomophila noctuella
Nymphula nitidulata
Pammene aurita
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis corylana
Phyllonorycter platani
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Scrobipalpa ocellatella
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Swammerdamia pyrella
Tort id [TBC]
Udea ferrugalis
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad 

Argyresthia semitestacella

August Thorns

Buff Footman

Clay Triple-lines

Gelechiidae sp

Hedge Rustic

Pammene fasciana

Tort ID

Temple Lawn


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