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 3 September 2021

Last night of August - Garden Trapping - Fordham - Cambridgeshire - 31/08/21

Well we come to the end of August and what a roller-coaster it's been for us as a family, a new house, new area, and only just settling in, but village life is so much nicer in many ways.
The moths seems to be one of the good reasons! I seem to be catching a lot more moths than I use to in my old Stevenage haunt, the variety of species is truly amazing.
Even on cool nights it's been fairly decent, with a trickle of new species for the garden. Tuesday night was no different. 
Another cool and breezy night with lows of 12 degrees and a little drizzle by the morning making it feel colder, but the moths still made a good appearance.

It was great to record two Feathered Gothic's, a really pretty species with it's light striations on a grey background. 
Argyresthia semifusca was also good to see, a Rowan feeder and no surprise as there is Rowan within 100 metres of the garden.
The best moth however was found flying along the track to the rear of the poperty, Dichrorampha vancouverana and the 3rd species of late season Dichrorampha i've seen in a week! 

A 'yellow-lined' Coleophora was potted in the evening and will be retained for dissection.

Moth garden list stands at 80 species.

Only new for year species listed below.

31/08/21 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Feathered Gothic 2 [NFG]
Snout 1 [NFG]
Micro Moths

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1 [NFG]
Argyresthia semifusca 1 [NFG] 
Chrysoteuchia culmella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Dichrorampha vancouverana 1 [NFG]

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Argyresthia semifusca

Coleophora sp TBC

Dichrorampha vancouverana

Feathered Gothic

No comments:

Post a Comment