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 31 May 2023

Netting at my parents.

A few cracking micros netted within walking distance of my parents garden, literally behind is an area of young woodland and grassland area.
In the one photograph I took of a small area sheltered from the breeze I netted no less that 6 species, 4 of which I took photos of.
I was extremely pleased to net not one, but two Commophila aeneana, one was a bit worn but the other was in really good condition.
These two are only my 3rd and 4th record in 17 years.

Also I disturbed a mating pair of Pammene trauniana, with their white dorsal blotches (the ones i've seen before have been yellow).
This is a rare moth nationally and I was fortunate to add it to the Hertfordshire county list in 2017.
There was a good stand of Field Maple along the hedgerow behind, from which the caterpillar feeds upon.

Photos below.

Commophila aeneana

Dichrorampha petiverella

Lawshall Grassland

Lathronympha strigana

Pammene trauniana

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