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 25 August 2023

The mystery and excitement of Clearwings

2023 was my first full year of using the Clearwing lures in my back garden.

Prior to this year, I had only seen two species.

My first encounter was with a Red-tipped Clearwing during a bright and sunny day at Canvey Wick in Essex, back in 2012, too excited by my find, I faffed with the net and sadly missed it.

Roll on to 2016, where a week's trip to France yielded multiple sightings of the rare and protected (in this country) Fiery Clearwing.
My first dabble with pheromone lures was last year, where I used only the HYL and MYO lures. Both attracted their target species of Red-tipped & Raspberry respectively. 

After buying the classic set plus a few extra lures, during 2023 I then recorded 7 species of Clearwing! Rather incredible. 

There are 16 species of Clearwing here in the UK, 6 I thought were quite attainable here, until Dusky came along and rocked that boat, capsizing it at the same time!

The list so far is 

Currant Clearwing
Dusky Clearwing
Orange-tailed Clearwing
Raspberry Clearwing
Red-belted Clearwing
Six-belted Clearwing
Yellow-legged Clearwing
Most abundant species has easily been Orange-tailed Clearwing this year, with upto 15 in one sitting, and fairly regular through 8-10 weeks of the year.
The next commonest species and a real shock, was no less than 12 records of Dusky Clearwing 
Least abundant was a single Six-belted Clearwing and now three Yellow-legged Clearwings (After one today to the VES lure)

Outside possibles next year include

Lunar Hornet Moth (Despite leaving the lure out all summer, i've not had a sniff. A new lure will be purchased for next year 
Hornet Moth (Need to purchase the HOR lure for 2024)
Large Red-belted Clearwing (Possible, but rare, the lure will need to go out earlier in 2024)
Sallow Clearwing (These hatch on alternative years, 2023 wasn't a year for them apparently, even though I left the lure out on the off-chance)
Thrift Clearwing (With a shock specimen in Suffolk this year by Anthony Wren, again it could turn up, comes to the HYL lure which attracts the Raspberry Clearwing here prolifically)
White-barred Clearwing (Possible, did not come to the TIP lure all summer, stacks of Alder here as well) 

So that's pretty much a rap for this year, I don't think anything else will show up now and I look forward to trying a few new lures next year to see what I can entice.

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