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 2 May 2009

Afternoon walk along the River Stort, Bishop's Stortford

Elachista atricomella

Small Yellow Underwing

Pebble Hook-tip

Drinker Moth Caterpillar

I took a gentle stroll along the River today from Pig Lane southwards, creeping about in the undergrowth in search of whatever I could find, I really was hoping for a few Moths as well (you know me!)
I wasn't let down!
After about 15 minutes of a few test shots of Spiders, Bugs and Beetles I stumbled upon a beautiful Pebble Hook-tip in fantastic condition merrily sitting there in the sunshine, and sticking out abit like a sore thumb!

Later on I came across a few micro Moths that I have yet to ID, these proved very difficult to capture with the lense, but.........no more difficult than a Orange Underwing that was going it's own business in the sunshine.
I could not get a decent picture, and when it did settle......sod's law it's the otherside of an electric fence, posing beautifully!
Other notes were 20+ Drinker Moth caterpillar's all different sizes which was a true sight.

Catch Report - Bishop's Stortford (Essex south of the river) - Daytime

1x Pebble Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Small Yellow Underwing [NFS]
1x Nettle-tap
2x Grapholita jungiella [NFS]
1x Elachista atricomella [NFS]
1x Epinotia immundana [NFS]

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