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

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

Netting at dusk

Yesterday between 8 and 9pm, I spent the hour standing on the patio with my net poised ready for any moths to fly in my general direction.
The weather was fairly warm, and very calm with variable amounts of cloud but mostly clear.
I find that the clear blue sky makes it easier to pick out any potential moths and to seperate them from the many flies that were zooming about.
Yes, zooming... that's another tip. Once you get your eye in and become accustomed to moths flight patterns, they are very different from flies, flying less erratically and generally in straight lines with a visible fluttering motion (the forewings and hindwings blurring but still just about visible) with flies you can't see that, as their wings appear to beat much faster.

I managed 9 moths in total, one every 10 minutes or so, patience certainly is the key... and good eyesight (thanks to vision express) and a fetching pair of pyjamas are also a must.

Of the 9 moths, 4 were new for the year showing just how effective this type of mothing can be, I urge you to try it one evening.

Two of the micros last night that I netted were quite interesting. One has been suggested on Twitter by Dave Appleton, that instead of Bryotropha affinis, it might be basaltinella.
The second is a plausible Trifurcula immundella, a Broom feeder and one i've documented in Middlesex as an adult bred through from a mine, the problem being that it isn't on the Cambridgeshire County list.
I've retained both for dissetion.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 137 species

Dusk Netting from 8pm until 9pm
Small Dusty Wave 2 [NFY]
Argyresthia trifasciata 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha sp 1 [TBC]
Coptotriche marginea 1 [NFY]
Swammerdamia pyrella 1 [NFY]
Trifurcula sp [TBC] 1
Monopis laevigella 2

Argyresthia trifasciata

Bryotropha sp

Coptotriche marginea

Monopis laevigella

Small Dusty Wave

Swammerdamia pyrella

Trifurcula sp

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