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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My Latest Notables and Rarities

Sunday 30 October 2022

Chippenham Fen - Field Trip - 29/10/22

I did a last minute trapping effort to my local nature reserve last night.
The conditions were extremely favourable to hopefully tap into the migrant air-flow that we have been experiencing for over a week now, the wind was gusty but never over-powering and there were flat calm moments.
The temperature was truly unseasonal, as I pulled up a few hours late, and after dark at 8pm, with 18 degrees on the car dash, surely something interesting would turn up?
Well something did! And some!

I setup 2 traps, my new 62w trap, which is a combination of a vertical u-tube and a 22w circuline fashioned around the outside of the funnel.

I christened it well and truly, with a rare migrant Pyralid sitting on the top of it, a cracking Etiella zinckenella, the second for Cambridgeshire!

Migrants were clearly evident to both traps, with plenty of Plutella xylostella, seven Vestals! and a probable migrant being an unexpected and late Tuta absoluta, this is not on the county list as far as i'm aware. There have been a few coastal records this week which bolsters the probability of it being blown in.
I've retained it incase it needs double checking, but I am fairly confident it is this species (having taken the 1st for Hertfordshire in 2019).

Other notables included my first ever Oak Rustic, such a stunning (rather small) Noctuid, an absolutely mint Scarce Bordered Straw, two species of late-flying Elachista, a late Dingy Footman & Eudonia pallida.
And yet another migrant, a lovely Small Mottled Willow.

Although numbers were fairly low (apart from 40+ Large Wainscot) it was one of those red-letter sessions that I will not forget in a hurry.

29/10/22 - Chippenham Fen - East Cambridgeshire - 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Barred Sallow 1
Beaded Chestnut 1
Black Rustic 1
Brick 1
Chestnut  1
Copper Underwing sp 1
December Moth 3
Dingy Footman 1
Feathered Thorn 5
Green-brindled Crescent 3
Large Wainscot 40+
Merveille du Jour 2
Mottled Umber 1
November Moth sp 20+
Oak Rustic 1
Pine Carpet 2
Pink-barred Sallow 2
Red-green Carpet 8
Sallow 1
Scarce Bordered Straw 1
Small Mottled Willow 1
Small Wainscot 1
Spruce Carpet
Turnip Moth 1
Vestal 7
Vine's Rustic 1
White-point 2
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Acleris emargana 1
Acleris rhombana 2
Acleris sparsana 3
Agonopterix heracliana sp 1
Bedellia somnulentella 1
Cydalima perspectalis 1
Elachista freyerella 1
Elachista stabilella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 2
Etiella zinckenella 1
Eudonia pallida 1
Nomophila noctuella 2
Plutella xylostella 25
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 2
Scrobipalpa costella 2
Tuta absoluta 1

Etiella zinckenella

Eudonia pallida

Oak Rustic

Scarce Bordered Straw

Small Mottled Willow

Small Wainscot

Tuta absoluta


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