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

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Quiet times currently

Well at least i'm getting some much needed sleep currently! Moths are very sparse at the moment, with clear skies and rapidly falling temperatures down to between 4 and 6 degrees, it's not even been worth lacing up the walking boots and going on a field trip!
To think we are now about 4 weeks away from peak moth season, where 200+ species a night (in the field) are possible, it's a little worrying. 
Only 12 moths ventured out.

But, we soldier on, and even poor data, is data at the end of the day.

Needless to say it wasn't a waste of time, with one new moth for the garden, potted up early evening from the window near the trap. Isotrias rectifasciana is a scarce moth with very few records, it is only my 3rd ever, so a real bonus on a chilly night. Easily mistaken for a Cnephasia species.

I also netted another Elachista poae, the 2nd this year.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 258 species

31/05/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths

Elephant Hawk-moth 1
Heart & Dart 1
Light Brocade 1
Marbled Minor sp 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1

Micro Moths

Isotrias rectifasciana 1 [NFG]
Elachista poae 1
Homoeosoma sinuella 1
Elachista poae

Homoeosoma sinuella

Isotrias rectifasciana


No comments:

Post a Comment