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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday 8 September 2022

Micro mouthfuls

I must admit, i'm a bit of a stickler for latin names, particularly for the micros.
Of course, when I first started mothing in 2006, it was nearly a decade before names such as flat-body, Carl and Sober's ever came about, and apart from dropping the odd 'Rush Veneer' or 'Mother of Pearl' into general chit-chat, I stuck by the fact that I would learn all of the latin names of the micro moths, and use that to differentiate between the macros, particularly from a recording point of view.
I am still learning the macro moth latin names, but I focused on the micros when I first started, because there were very little accepted common English names for them back then.
So this brings me to my recent catches, micros have started popping up again in my trap, in fact i've also potted some up early evening.
Catches this week have generally been poor, with some really wet and windy nights, and thus the moths have been quiet and i've only trapped a few times.
Sunday night saw a good array of moths, which included several new spcies of micro moth, and some returning second generations (Namely Amblyptilia acnathdactyla, Cacoecimorpha pronubana, Platytes cerussella & Platyedra subcinerea).
There have been three new species for the garden this week, all micros.
Teleiopsis diffinis, Ypsolopha horridella & Monochroa palustrellus, so rather pleasing indeed given the challenging cooling conditions we are experiencing.
Scrobipalpa ocellatella continue to dominate, although numbers are falling. 
I potted one that was rather fresh and dark, without the usual pale dorsum streak.

I will continue to run my trap on calm and warmer nights.

Moth garden list for 2022 stands at 629 species

04/09/22 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap 
Aproaerema anthyllidella 2
Dioryctria abietella 1
Platytes cerussella 1
Scrobipalpa ocellatella 62
Teleiopsis diffinis 1 [NFG]
Ypsolopha horridella 1 [NFG]
Monochroa palustrellus 1 [NFG]

Aproaerema anthyllidella

Dioryctria abietella

Platytes cerussella

Scrobipalpa ocellatella

Teleiopsis diffinis

Ypsolopha horridella

Monochroa palustrellus

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