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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!

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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

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Very little reported last night, but a rather nice November Moth & another Musotima!

A quiet trap with under 12 moths of 5 species last night, the highlight was a rather smart November Moth (Logged as Epirrita species).
Checking the antennae and under a hand lens revealed that it was another girlie, so could not be taken to species level (Thanks Graeme Smith for reminding me).
I'm pretty sure it is Autumnal Moth, but we will never know.
All that I hope for, is that if it is indeed an Autumnal Moth, then there must be Males in the vicinity. 

Also, I saw a Spider wrapping what was presumably a Light Brown Apple Moth under the windowsill. I'm glad I looked closer, as it was my 2nd garden record of Musotima nitidalis.
Sadly it was deceased, but it was still very soft and wasn't there the night before.
This is now the 2nd or 3rd County record (With one unconfirmed record from another local recorder).

An Acleris schalleriana was also nice to see, this appears a fairly regular moth here, since beginning recording moths at the end of August.
 
Epirrita sp - Female

Acleris schalleriana

Musotima nitidalis

 



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