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
NEW! = New Species For My Records

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

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Monday 22 August 2022

Some recent moths from the garden trap

It's been fairly busy in my garden trap lately, averaging between 30 and 60 species per outing, but of course this time of year sees less new faces as we enter the interim period between Summer & Autumn.
The dominant species continue to be Flounced Rustic and Scrobipalpa ocellatella, but with other species such as Marbled Beauty, Yellow Shell and Chinese Character all seemingly having a bumper year here.
In fact, Chinese Character is a moth I seldom see two of at once, but recently i've seen upto 5 in one sitting!
Far too little time to go into great depth about the catch details, so I will only include new species that have been new for the year over the past week.

The weather stays mild, infact hot tomorrow and Wednesday, with really mild nights coming up, before it tails off a bit and settles nearer the average temperature we should be expecting in the last week of August.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 607 species

16/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Square-spotted Clay - A worn example at the bottom of the trap was new for the garden, not a particularly common garden moth.
Elophila nymphaeata - The Brown China-mark, a first for the year unbelievably. I've seen it quite a few times this year at the fens, but not here. And what a stunning example to get in the garden! 
Etainia sericopeza - Going on the fact that I have a large Norway Maple tree on the green out the front of our house, and this identification (The head tuft of E. louisella is a dingy orange compared to a brighter orange for E. sericopeza. The collar is dark for E. louisella and orange for E. sericopeza), i'm 98% sure I have sericopeza here, but I can't be 100% sadly. I need to find the mines in the seeds to confirm. Either species would be new for the garden.
17/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Aroga velocella - A predominantly southern & eastern species, feeding on the odd looking plant, Sheep's Sorrel. It was a nice surprise in the trap last Wednesday and possibly a wanderer from the Brecks.
Campion - A new macro for the garden and long awaited, having recorded 8 Lychnis over the past year. This specimen wasn't flushed with electric purple as some are, but still a worthy example to add to the list.
Rosy Rustic - I managed to get one Rosy Rustic last year during the 2nd week of living here, we shall see how many more turn up this year.
18/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Hedge Rustic - After trapping a mint example a week before at Anglesey Abbey, I was really pleased to find one in my garden trap, the only negative.. it literally looked like it had been dragged through a hedge! And a spiky one at that (Hawthorn perhaps). Neverthless a cracking good garden moth.
Elophila nymphaeata

Etainia sericopeza

Square-spotted Clay

Aroga velocella


Rosy Rustic

Hedge Rustic


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