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 22 April 2019

Bramfield Woods Wander

Last week I had a brief wander around Bramfield Woods/Basil's Park and turned up quite a few moths tapping bushes and spotting them flying in the sunshine.

Biggest surprise was a pristine Dwarf Pug flying around the Conifers in the daytime, quickly netted and potted up for a photo later. 

Mostly Micros, as is always the case with daytime netting I find.

Best find was a new moth for me, and a mating pair as well of Phyllonorycter tenerella, a Hornbeam feeder beaten from Hornbeam, one of very few Phyllonorycter that can actually be done crefully from an alive specimen.

Also, a Mompha species was netted on the way back to the car, it looks good for jurassicella.


Macro Moths

Dwarf Pug 1

Micro Moths

Phyllonorycter tenerella 2
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella 2
Incurvaria masculella 1
Adela reamurella 2
Cameraria ohridella 15
Mompha sp to check TBC
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 10
Eriocrania salopiella 1
Esperia sulphurella 1

Adela reamurella

Cameraria ohridella

Mompha sp to be dissected pos jurassicella

Dwarf Pug

Eriocrania salopiella

Esperia sulphurella

Incurvaria masculella

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