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.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Canvey Wick by day

Decided to do some day netting for anything I could find.

The weather was warm and partly sunny with a stiff SW breeze which made it difficult in some areas to net the disturbed moths.

I managed a very pleasing list of moths and Butterflies.
Butterfly highlights included several sightings of Marbled White, Essex Skipper and Small Heath.
Moth highlights included new moths for me Aethes tesserana, Grapholita compositella and Pammene aurana.

My only annoying moment was when I faffed and missed a Red-tipped Clearwing! still it's a new one for me, just without a photo.

Canvey Wick SSSI - Canvey Island, Essex


Marbled White - Many
Essex Skipper - Many
Small Skipper - Few
Small Heath - Few
Red Admiral - 1
Small Tortoiseshell - 1

Macro Moths

Red-tipped Clearwing - 1 [NEW!]
Treble-bar - 1
Silver-Y - Few
Lesser Cream Wave - Few
Yellow Shell - Few
Treble Brown Spot - 1

Micro Moths

Aethes tesserana - 1 [NEW!]
Grapholita compositella - 1 [NEW!]
Pammene aurana
- 1 [NEW!]
Hedya salicella - Many [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella - Many [NFY]
Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana - 1 Female [NFY]
Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana [NFY]
Pyrausta despicta - 1 [NFY]
Gypsonoma dealbana - Few [NFY]
Celypha lacunana
- Many
Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana - Few
Elachista argentella
- Few
Crambus lathoniellus
- Many
Nemophora degeerella
- Few
Cnephasia sp. - Many

Canvey Wick coastal path

Aethes tesserana

Grapholita compositella

Pammene aurana

Homoeosoma sinuella

 Gypsonoma dealbana

Hedya salicella

Pyrausta despicta

Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana


Gypsonoma dealbana

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