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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!

KEY

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

Monday, 4 July 2022

A trio of garden catches for the first 3 nights of July

On catch-up mode before the warmer weather arrives! That's what i've heard, we could be in for a long spell of warm weather, starting as soon as Saturday.
 
The micros have really gone mad here with the warmer days, but the nights could be a little warmer. These past 3 nights lows of between 7-10c have been the order of the day.
But still, the moths have to fly and do their thing, as we are in the peak of moth diversity.
 
Disappointedly, there were no new macro moths on the 1st of July, but 2 new micros were added, around 45 species were recorded, a little low, infact it was going to get lower! By last night there were only 32 species, but a bigger jump of new species.
 
Two Coleophora that I photographed escaped, so they have to be aggregated, this is a nightmare with Coleophora! One of them could be 3 species!
 
A micro that was retained was a Homoeosoma, which is either nebulella or nimbella, the former more likely as the latter is typically coastal.

The first Common Rustic of the year, these get earlier and earlier each year. A Pammene fasciana came to the MOL (Grapholita molesta lure) on Saturday.
 
Also the first of many Water Veneer's (Acentria ephemerella) was found fluttering around the trap at 10pm, by the morning, sadly it was dead. This often happens with this species as it hatches, finds a mate and then withers away.

The drought continues, well we had some rain... but it's had little effect on the baked desert that is East Anglia.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 469 species

01/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 

Micro Moths

Argyresthia albistria 1 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 1 [NFY]


02/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
 
Macro Moths

Dark Umber 1 [NFG]
Dusky Sallow 1 [NFG]
Marbled White Spot 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths

Homoeosoma nebulella/nimbella 1 [NFG]
Pammene fasciana 1 [NFG]


03/07/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
 
 
Macro Moths

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Common Rustic 1 [NFY]
Small Rivulet 1 [NFG]

Micro Moths
 
Acentria ephemerella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora saxicolella/sternipennella 1 [NFG]
Coleophora spinella coracipennella prunifoliae 1 [NFG]
Pandemis heparana 1 [NFG]

Argyresthia albistria

Pleuroptya ruralis

Scrobipalpa ocellatella

Dusky Sallow

Homoeosoma nebulella/nimbella

Pammene fasciana to MOL

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Coleophora saxicolella sternipennella

Coleophora spinella coracipennella prunifoliae

Common Rustic

Pandemis heparana


1 comment:

  1. Nice photos and blog, Ben. Still waiting for Acentria ephemerella here, usually the trap is full of them when they emerge.

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