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

Saturday 27 August 2022

A new moth for my records!

Last night I plugged my trap in once more, and as it was quite mild I decided to stay up past midnight to check the trap area periodically through the night.
In short, despite mild conditions, I should have gone to bed early! Lots of moths and a busy trap with 94 Flounced Rustics counted in the morning, and over 25 Straw Underwing, but very little else, in fact just 21 species were noted.
But, i'm so glad I ran the trap, as when I was going through the trap I was looking at the rim around the edge (Which is a favourite settling place for grass moths) and counted maybe 5 Agriphila genicula/tristella, then one caught my eye, with a shining horizontal white dagger splitting the top from the bottom, selasella perhaps? nope, it is far too slim for that species then my mind went into overdrive and somewhere I found the name and spoke out loud 'latistria' (Like some perplexed madman at 5am). 
This is a new moth for my records and completes the resident Agriphila species here in the UK, boasting my UK list to just shy of 1700 species.
It is the only grass moth species where a longitudinal streak extends into the fringe (termen).
It is also the 668th species for the garden since August 27th 2021. 

I always say it, it only takes one moth to make the effort worthwhile (And by effort at home, I mean lack of sleep!). 
Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 617 species

Agriphila latistria

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