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

Friday 2 June 2017

Trip to Bath and Bristol yields a new moth for me

Just got back from our holiday away and we had a lovely time in a beautiful part of the Country and we were blessed with lovely weather, especially yesterday whilst visiting Bristol Zoo.

As you do...I had my net in the car and a limited amount of 3 pots.

I had two brief sweeping sessions with net and torch on Wednesday and Thursday night and turned up plenty of species.

Highlight was a new species for me, the Gelechid Telechrysis tripuncta, and even better still it was only the second moth I netted!

I took photos of Wormwood Pug and Epinotia abbreviana, both species I hadn't seen yet this year.

Full list below

1x Bryotropha terrella
10x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Garden Carpet
1x Monopis obviella
20+ Argyresthia cuppresella
20+ Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Endrosis sarcitella
10+ Niditinea fuscella
1x Telechrysis tripuncta [NEW!]
1x Nemapogon cloacella
20+ Anthophila fabriciana
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Pale Tussock
5x Celypha lacunana
5x Silver-Y
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Anania hortulata
2x Small Dusty Wave
1x Straw Dot
1x Wormwood Pug
1x Epinotia abbreviana

Telechrysis tripuncta

Wormwood Pug

Epinotia abbreviana

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