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

Saturday 17 June 2017

Diplodoma laichartingella new for me!

Whilst I was photographing moths from the fridge, I just popped back outside with the next specimen and I noticed a small dark moth flittering above me.
Luckily to my left I had my spare net (Which I always keep in my garden now) and with a quick flick the moth was netted.
Potted up I didn't initially recognise it and it was a little damaged but this didn't see to affect it's flight too much.
A flick through the books and I settled on an identification.
Diplodoma laichartingella is a moth that is classified as a 'bagworm' whereby the caterpillar makes a house out of bits of plant and detritus and actually feeds on dead plant material and lichens.

A great addition to the garden list and a moth i've never seen before...I kmew there was a reason why I kept that net in the garden :)

Diplodoma laichartingella

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