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.
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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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Friday 8 September 2017

A 2nd Old Lady and a Mompha query

On Tuesday night I had quite a small catch of moths of about 80 moths of 20 species, things are certainly feeling a lot more autumnal recently and the catch is starting to reflect that with Barred and Centre-barred Sallows featuring in every trap now.

A second Old Lady of the year was notable as I usually only get one a year.

Best moth was a Mompha species that looks like a brown form of Mompha sturnipennella, a moth I trapped last week at Hexton Chalk Pit that was the usual darker bround colour with distinct black slashes along the forewing.
In my specimen from Tuesday night you can just make these out...but it also looks very similiar to jurassicella which I recorded for the first time only this year in the garden. 
Of course naturally I would prefer to add sturnipennella to the garden list! but a second record of jurassicella would be very welcome.

The moth is retained for dissection.

New Species for the Garden/Year Report - 05/09/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Mompha sp [To be dissected]

Mompha sp

Old Lady

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