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

Thursday 6 May 2010

Out and about - Bishop's Stortford

Today after drawing a blank tuesday I decided to try and once again find some day flying micro Moths, not many were found although I missed alot more than I could positevely identify and record.
Butterflies were also in abundance with sightings of Comma, Peacock, Small Tortioseshell, Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Orange-tip and the first for the year of Common Blue and Holly Blue.
Back to the Moths found, Grapholita jungiella was the most abundant with no less than 15 examples netted, potted and identified.
I hope to return on another sunny day and hopefully discover some new species for the site.


Grapholita jungiella

Micropterix calthella

06/05/10 - Daytime observation

Micro Moths

15x Grapholita jungiella [NFY]
1x Micropterix calthella [NFY]
1x Eriocrania subpurpurella
1x Incurvaria masculella


  1. It`s pointless trying for day-flyers where i am Ben. To damn cold & too damn windy. I`ll be glad when the weather finally settles down, so i can get out there & find some.

    Good luck to you.

  2. I've been out looking for day flyers. This is the first year I've done it and it is quite addictive. Found Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner today. Very smart looking micro. If you haven't seen one, keep an eye out for Adela reaumurella on Sycamore. Amazing moth too. Cheers, Paul

  3. Hi guys, yeah yesterday was even better witrh Adela reaumurella found in the hundreds on nearly every other Beech leaf, Incurvaria masculella was showing well too.
    Only see one Horse Chestnut leaf-miner so far, they are smart indeed.