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

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 22 April 2014

That's the way mothing goes...

I will stay brief (well as brief as the catch was last night) with just 3 moths last night to my trap in not exactly unfavorably cloudy conditions, albeit a little wet at times.

I did manage to get the Elachista photographed and identified, it being an Elachista apicipunctella, a new one for the garden.
Thanks to Bill for correct identification.

Macro Moths

1x Common Quaker
1x Hebrew Character

Micro Moths 

1x Epiphyas postvittana

Elachista apicipunctella



  1. Ben, I've always understood E. atricomella to have a dark head. Yours appears to have a completely white head which, when combined with that prominent sub-apical spot, should make this E. apicipuntella.

  2. Yes you are indeed correct, thanks for the help :)

  3. No worries Ben. It seems to be either quite a local (or under-recorded) species in the south. A colony I found in Surrey last year constituted only the 3rd record for the county. You might want to check that this isn't a notable record for your area, as I notice the species was only found new to Hertfordshire in 2002 (http://www.wheathampstead.net/mh/rare.htm).