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

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Radwell Ramblings - 03/08/18

I had a wander with work at Radwell Meadows in early August, which is at the very far North-West of the County of Herts, the other side of the reserve is Bedfordshire.

I racked up quite a list just tapping trees and vegetation, it was a very warm day hitting 26 degrees and Butterflies were in profusion.

Best moth for me was a new species to my records, a Caloptilia falconipennella which was kindly dissected by Graeme Smith to confirm.

Also another new moth was also encountered, a single Phyllocnistis unipunctella beaten from Poplar
which i'm surprised I saw against my white net it was so small!

Here is the list.

Maple Pug
Silver-Y (Everywhere, 50+)
Straw Dot 5
Yellow Shell 2
Agriphila straminella 10+
Agriphila tristella 20+
Argyresthia bonnetella 10+
Argyresthia goedartella 5
Batia unitella 1
Caloptilia falconipennella 1 [NEW!]
Caloptilia semifascia 2
Carcina quercana 2
Dichrorampha petiverella 1
Ectoedemia louisella (Mine) 3
Epinotia tenerana 2
Pammene aurita 1
Phyllocnistis unipunctella 1 [NEW!]
Plutella xylostella 1
Yponomeuta sp 1

Ectoedemia louisella

Caloptilia falconipennella

Caloptilia semifascia

Argyresthia bonnetella

Dichrorampha petiverella

Phyllocnistis unipunctella

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