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

Wednesday 25 February 2015

A mini Micro saves the night

Last night I braved the trap once more and although we did get a good soaking, the temperature remained ok and at around 6 degrees this morning I was hopeful of a few.....
Well one anyway, after searching the walls of the house and the fence, the side of the trap and all of the egg cartons, a tiny moth was observed right at the bottom of the trap.

It turned out to be a new for year Acleris notana/ferrugana, a moth that hibernates and can be caught most months of the year (although typically February to April and then again during August to October).

I will get this moth checked by the top man, because I already have a confirmed Acleris ferrugana from last year, I am hoping this is Acleris notana (the Birch feeder).
We will have to see!
On that slightly positive note and with temperatures today soaring to 10 degrees the trap is out again....but once more but it is raining, Booo!

Acleris notana/ferrugana - You decide

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