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!


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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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Friday 4 April 2014

Extra photos from Hay Wood and Gadesprings Field Trip - 02/04/14

Hi all

Just some macro shots of some of the other species we caught on Wednesday night.
The Eriocrania, I think is Eriocrania sangii, but waiting for confirmation.

Moth retained and awaiting dissection as it could be semipurpurella.

Perhaps you can help?

Eriocrania sangii?

Oak-tree Pug

Pale Pinion


Water Carpet


  1. Nice Oak-tree Pug. The golden dorsal mark looks promising for E. sangii, but it shares that similar feature with semipurpurella, doesn't it? Best get it dissected.


  2. Thanks Bill, it was mint and luckily stayed still for a good 2 minutes hehe. Yes I still have the moth so will get it dissected and put it down for now as sangii/semipurpurella