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

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Monday 27 June 2022

Hurn Forest - Dorset (20-23rd June)

Last week I went away on holiday to Dorset next to Hurn Forest with the family.
We had a lovely time, and were very lucky with the weather. 

In the evenings I made several brief walks for an hour or so at a time to see if I could find any moths at dusk. 
Indeed I did find a few, though they were few and far between, which I was quite surprised about, particularly as I was walking in a huge nature reserve.
But, it was quality over quantity, the moths I did net made up for the lack of abundance.

In short, I managed 3 new species for my UK records.
They were Crombrugghia laetus (my second Crombrugghia species after nabbing distans in the garden last year), Phyllonorycter ulicicolella (many tapped from Gorse, all a bit worn) & Phyllonorycter viminiella (A distinct species with it's pale ochre ground colour).

Other highlights were Rosy Marbled, oodles of lekking Gold Swifts, and a Common Lutestring.

Common Lutestring

Crombrugghia laetus

Gold Swift

Pempelia genistella

Phyllonorycter ulicicolella

Phyllonorycter viminiella

Rosy Marbled

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