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 13 August 2021

Moths from work roundup

I run a trap at where I work (A cemetery in East Herts) usually twice a week, it is a fairly basic box with twin 15w tubes (One Actinic and one Synergetic).
It's been doing rather well lately with a huge array of species, but time restricts me going through it in detail.
So here are some highlights from the last couple of weeks.

21/07/21 - Cloaked Minor - Doing incredibly well over the past month, upto 5 or 6 per trapping session.

26/07/21 - Ear Moth - Two mint specimens recorded on the same night.

26/07/21 - Pyrausta despicata - Not a common moth in Herts, only my second here in the County.

26/07/21 - Argyrotaenia ljungiana - I sometimes miss out on the first broods of this species in the garden.  This year i've only seen the 2nd broods once again.

26/07/21 - Waved Black - A really groggy old specimen, but a worthy addition to the site list. The caterpillar feeds on Lichens, plentiful in the cemetery!

01/08/21 - Six-spot Burnet - Common this year in and around the cemetery, especially in rough grassy areas that we haven't mowed, so fresh and exquisite. 

02/08/21 - Lathronympha strigana - A pretty little Tortrix, hard to photograph though!

02/08/21 - Clavigesta purdeyi - A regular moth in the trap owed to how much mature Pine there is here.

03/08/21 - Hoary Footman - Confirmed by hindwing check, an inreasing species in Herts.

03/08/21 - Dark Sword-grass - A nice fresh migrant was good to see on the side of the trap, my 3rd this year.

03/08/21 - Canary-shouldered Thorn - A moth i've never had at home (in 9 years!) great to see. 

05/08/21 - Lozotaeniodes formosana - Another pretty pine feeder, plentiful this year.

05/08/21 - Agriphila geniculea - First hint of late Summer/Early Autuumn when I start seeing these, fresh out of the box.

05/08/21 - Buff Ermine - A second brood mint Buff Ermine was very pleasing indeed.

Agriphila geniculea

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Buff Ermine

Canary-shouldered Thorn

Clavigesta purdeyi

Dark Sword-grass

Ear Moth

Hoary Footman

Lozotaeniodes formosana

Pyrausta despicata

Six-spot Burnet

Waved Black

No comments:

Post a Comment