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 23 April 2017

A quick wander

...around the local patch yielded several Butterflies, although most very skittish, you can always rely on a Comma sunning itself!
I took my Emperor Lure (EMP Pheremone) with me and tied it to my bag in the vain hope of trying to attract one of these beautiful day-flying moths...I was unsuccesful and was sure that I was out at the right time and in favourable conditions, perhaps it just isn't around here.

Insect activity was high in the sunshine and particularly around the Apple blossom and Blackthorn blossom with many flies and bees going about their daily routine.

I did find one moth which I netted amongst the scrub. It was Epiblema cirsiana/scutulana, my earliest record of this species.
These can be seperated so I will get this checked out soon.

Back in the garden, I noticed a pupal case of something on the Greater Willowherb and then a species of Mompha that seemed more variegated than the usual common subbistrigella that I get frequently in the garden.
Another one to be checked by Graeme Smith.


Pupal case

Mompha sp

Epiblema cirsiana/scutulana

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