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

Friday 30 April 2010

Field Trip - Parndon Wood - Wednesday night

A good catch from Parndon Wood with a few new site ticks to boot.
Highlights for the macro's were Maiden's Blush and Oak Hook-tip.
For the micro's Adela reumurella (a day flying micro which in the males sports huge antennae) and Incurvaria masculella (which has beautiful combed antennae) were the highlights.

Very mild at about 13c all night...but not as many Moths about as I would have expected.

Only downer was that my 40w Actinic shattered as I trod on it!


Swallow Prominent

Maiden's Blush

Oak Hook-tip


Purple Thorn

Incurvaria masculella

Adela reumurella - Male

Adela reumurella - Female

Catch Report - Tuesday 28th April 2010 - Parndon Wood - 160w Robinson Trap w/White hanging sheet & ground sheets

Macro Moths

1x Maiden's Blush [NFY]
1x Oak Hook-tip [NFY]
1x Swallow Prominent [NFY]
4x Chestnut
3x Chocolate-tip
4x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
2x Brindled Pug
3x Hebrew Character
2x Least Black Arches
6x Lunar Marbled Brown
4x Nut-tree Tussock
6x Purple Thorn
1x Satellite
5x Small Quaker

Micro Moths

14x Adela reumurella [NFY]
1x Incurvaria masculella [NFY]
9x Eriocrania subpurpurella
5x Epinotia immundana

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