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

Sunday 1 June 2014

Cornwall yields a new moth for me + 2nd instar Emperor update

Hello all.
Back from Cornwall after a near 6 hour drive home after being caught up in loads of traffic.

The weather was really pleasant and we were spoilt with unbroken sunshine and 22 degrees both days of the weekend!
The Gardens of Heligan were a must visit, and where I bumped into my new moth, Tachystola acroxantha! Quite common down the South-West apparently as it was an imported species there from presumably Australian shores.
It is rather pretty and I was very lucky indeed to spot it and pot it.

Apart from that I did see Alucita hexadactyla and also Celypha lacunana on our various walks about.

Also our Emperor Moth Caterpillars (Just the 3 now as we have lost a few) are now into their second instar and are looking much more colourful.

Trapping again tonight and hope to get some new ones for the year.

Tachystola acroxantha

Emperor Moth 2nd Instar

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