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.
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Friday 29 May 2015

Adela (Cauchas) fibulella - 13th County Record

At Hexton the other day I was very lucky to find quite a scarce moth for Hertfordshire.
Adela (Cauchas) fibulella is a moth of the Adelidae family and is pretty minute to say the least. It is probably one of the least commonest from the family.
The moth feeds on Germander Speedwell which in itself is a common weed in most places. The first moth I observed was flying gently above its food plant settling intermittently during warm sunny spells.
I didn't just find one, once you got your eye in there were quite a few around the bottom end of the reserve but upon walking into the adjacent set-aside field I found even more Germander Speedwell and it was more common here with a count of 25 in total, a fantastic result!

Other moths of note included a few more Small Purple-barred (an even scarcer moth),15+ Glyphipterix simpliciella's, 5 Pyrausta nigrata, 8 Burnet Companions, 2 Mother Shiptons, 1 Grapholita compositella, 1 Grass Rivulet
Other expected moths that I disturbed during the day are below

1x Silver-ground Carpet
10+ Celypha lacunana
5x Anthophila fabriciana
1x Silver-Y
1x Marbled White Spot
1x Green Carpet
1x Grey Pug
1x Epiblema sp
1x Psyche casta

Needless to say after finding the moth in profusion at Hexton, I will be searching elsewhere for other large patches of the foodplant.

Adela (Cauchas) fibulella

Germander Speedwell

Burnet Companion

Small Purple-barred

Pyrausta nigrata

Grapholita compositella


  1. Great spotting, Ben :o). I will have to keep my eyes peeled at the Brickworks as there's plenty of Germander Speedwell there...

  2. Yes please! A nice sunny day like today would be perfect (well its sunny here at he moment!) Thanks was really lucky...again!