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!


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

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Monday 8 April 2024

Ditton Park Woods - Field Trip - 06/04/24

Leslie and myself made a trip to Ditton Park Woods in the far East of the county and bordering nearby Suffolk.
The weather looked reasonable as we pulled up, warm and the wind had dropped a bit.
How wrong we were...after an hour the wind was intense and blowing the external egg trays all over the woods, the sheets were blown to bits and after 2hrs we gave up.
Spin back to the start and we couldn't even get into the reserve, as they had changed the lock from a combination, to a key, gah! 
So we had to lug all the gear in, and all the gear back out again.
And then one of my generators wouldn't tick over, so then I had to wheel in the meaty reserve, some 200 metres away on a trolley.
What a night thwarted with a few disasters, but we soldiered on for a bit and we did manage to see a few moths.
3 moths I took photos of were species I haven't had in the garden this year so far, they were Brindled Pug, Small Brindled Beauty (getting late for these) and Lunar Marbled Brown.
We also trapped a late pristine Oak Beauty.

The only positives were a healthy catch-up, food provided by Leslie, o and it didn't rain!
We shall return during better conditions.

06/04/24 - Ditton Park Woods - East Cambridgeshire - 1x 125w Trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap, 1x 250w Robinson Trap & 1x Actinic Trap

Macro Moths
Brindled Pug 2
Chestnut 1 
Common Quaker 10
Early Thorn 1
Hebrew Character 1
Least Black Arches 1
Lunar Marbled Brown 8
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Oak Beauty 1
Small Brindled Beauty 1
Small Quaker 5
Twin-spotted Quaker 1
Micro Moths
There were no micros! 

Brindled Pug blending in

Lunar Marbled Brown

Small Brindled Beauty

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