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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Saturday 29 July 2023

Private Wood - Field Trip - 23/07/23

We made another trip to the woods last Sunday night after a warm day, the night looked very good indeed and it was just that.
Although there was a chance of a shower in the early hours but we would miss that and be in bed by the time it came, so we thought!
At midnight it started spotting with rain and we thought o no... he we go. But luckily it disappeared as quick as it came and the next few hours remained dry.
We managed 3 species shy of 200, pretty good considering how hard work it's been this summer and constant challenges with the weather, with it always ready to pounce and spoil the night! 

Some great macro moths were noted, Magpie Moth, 10's of Drinker Moths, an Oak Eggar and another Shaded Fan-foot! Unbelievable.

The micros really excelled and confused at the same time, with many different forms of Epinotia solandriana (which needed checking for sordidana), some stunning Epinotia nisella one of which was worthy of a photo, and the rarely seen for me Yponomeuta plumbella, the distinct Yponomeuta with a little black spot on the forewing.

Best moths of the night were at least 6 specimens of Eudemis porphyrana which is new to Cambridgeshire, and the second county record of Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella.

Both were new species for me.

You can't really ask for more than that, and the target is always to see at least one new moth when out on a field trip, sometimes even a different colour form suffices.

What a night and thanks to Leslie for writing all of the names down that I rampantly spouted out, whilst observing the moths coming in, and also for the jaffa cakes!
The only downside, the wasp and hornet season has started!

23/07/23 - Undisclosed Wood - Cambridgeshire - 3 traps, 250w Clear Mercury Robinson Trap, 160w MBT Trap and 62w Actinic Trap

Macro Moths - 88 species

Black Arches   
Bordered Beauty   
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brown-line Bright-eye   
Brimstone Moth   
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing    
Buff Footman   
Chinese Character
Clouded Border   
Common Carpet   
Common Emerald    
Common Footman   
Common Wainscot   
Common Wave   
Common White Wave   
Copper Underwing   
Dark Arches   
Dark Sword-grass   
Dark Umber   
Dingy Footman   
Double Square-spot   
Double-striped Pug   
Dusky Sallow   
Early Thorn   
Elephant Hawk-moth   
Green Pug   
Hayworth’s Pug   
Heart & Dart   
July Highflyer    
Large Yellow Underwing   
Latticed Heath   
Least Carpet   
Least Yellow Underwing   
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing   
Lesser Yellow Underwing   
Lobster Moth   
Lunar-spotted Pinion   
Magpie Moth   
Maiden’s Blush   
Maple Pug   
Marbled Minor agg       
Marbled White Spot   
Mere Wainscot   
Minor Shoulder-knot   
Mottled Beauty   
Nut-tree Tussock   
Oak Eggar   
Oak Hook-tip   
Oak Nycteoline   
Pale Oak Beauty   
Pale Prominent    
Pebble Prominent   
Peppered Moth   
Popular Hawk-moth   
Riband Wave   
Rosy Footman   
Ruby Tiger   
Scalloped Oak   
Scarce Footman   
Scarce Silver-lines   
Scorched Carpet   
Shaded Fan-foot   
Silver Y   
Single-dotted Wave   
Small Dotted Buff   
Small Elephant Hawk-moth   
Small Fan-footed Wave   
Small Rivulet   
Small Rufous   
Smoky Wainscot   
Southern Wainscot   
Straw Dot   
Svensson’s Copper Underwing   
Swallow Prominent   
Swallowtailed Moth    
Treble Brown Spot   
White Satin   
Willow Beauty   

Micro Moths - 109 species

Acentria ephemerella
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris holmiana
Acleris notana/ferrugana
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella
Acrobasis repandana
Acrobasis suavella
Agapeta hamana
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Agonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix liturosa
Agonopterix ocellana
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Aleimma loeflingiana
Alucita hexadactyla
Anacampsis blattariella/populella
Anania hortulata
Anarsia innoxiella
Aphomia sociella
Apotomis betuletana
Apotomis capreana
Archips podana
Archips rosana
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia albistria
Argyresthia pruniella
Argyresthia spinosella
Athrips mouffetella
Batia lunaris
Batrachedra praeangusta
Blastobasis lacticolella
Blastodacna hellerella
Brachmia blandella
Bucculatrix nigricomella
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptilia stigmatella
Cameraria ohridella
Carcina quercana
Catoptria pinella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimilana
Cnephasia sp
Cochylimorpha straminea
Coleophora alcyonipennella/frischella
Crambus perlella
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia inquinatana
Cydia pomonella
Cydia splendana
Ditula angustiorana
Endosis sarcitrella
Endotricha flammealis
Epinotia abbreviana
Epinotia nisella
Epinotia solandriana
Eucosma cana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eudemis porphyrana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Eulamprotes atrella
Euzophera pinguis
Gelechia sororculella
Gypsonoma sociana
Hedya nubiferana
Hedya pruniana
Hedya salicella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Hypatima rhomboidella
Metzneria metzneriella
Mompha epilobiella
Notocelia uddmanniana
Pammene aurita
Pandemis cerasana
Pandemis heparana
Parapoynx stratiotata
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Phalonidia manniana
Phtheochroa inopiana
Phycita roborella
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella
Phyllonorycter rajella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Plutella xylostella
Pterophorus pentadactyla
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Rhopobota naevana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Spilonota ocellana
Stathmopoda pedella
Teleiodes luculella
Tinea trinotella
Tischeria ekebladella
Tortrix viridana
Yponomeuta cag/mal/pad
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta rorella
Ypsolopha dentella
Ypsolopha nemorella
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Zeiraphera isertana

Epinotia nisella

Epinotia solandriana

Epinotia solandriana

Eudemis porphyrana

Oak Eggar

Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella

Phyllonorycter rajella

Yponomeuta plumbella


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