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

Monday 15 May 2017

Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella? Hatches from a Honeysuckle mine

I collected what looked like a mine from a Honeysuckle bush nearby where I live and popped it in a tub on the slim chance that something may emerge.
It was my lucky day on Saturday as after my daily morning routine of sorting the trap catch out first, I then move onto the tubs of mines and larvae and to change food etc.
To my amazement a Phyllonorycter had emerged and after some tricky macro photography and then subsequently losing the leaf that had the mine in because of the windy conditions, it seems to be Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella, a new moth for me.
I am hoping this one can be gen det as it is now with my County Recorder, but there aren't many species that it can be with the 3 solid transversal bands.

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