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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Thursday 25 August 2022

Garden Mothing - 21st August 2022

Sunday night was still warm and muggy at night, oodles and oodles of the common species but it takes a trained eye and quick reflexes to spot and pot potential new species for the year.
Like everyone though, i've missed loads over the years, through bleary eyes and misjudged potting techniques!
The highlights from Sunday were 3 new species of moth for the year, a mint Cypress Pug (I've now had 2 more since), Argyresthia semitestacella, a distinct elongate species, similar to albistria but far less dumpy and lastly the pinky-hued Celypha rosaceana.
I've trapped many Celypha rosaceana/rufana this year, none have been pink which beggars the question, were all the others the rare rufana? I've bagged a few over the year which will be sent for closer inspection when the downtime period arrives over winter.
Other than that, it was great to get 2nd broods of  Dichrorampha simpliciana, Phyllonorycter geniculella & Zelleria hepariella

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 610 species

21/08/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap
Macro Moths
Cypress Pug 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths
Argyresthia semitestacella 1 [NFY]
Celypha rosaceana 1 [NFY]

Argyresthia semitestacella

Celypha rosaceana

Cypress Pug

Dichrorampha simpliciana

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Zelleria hepariella

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