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

Monday 12 September 2016

Turkey Moths

Here is a list with some pictures of the moths I found in Turkey when I went thee for two weeks between the 8th and 22nd of August, and were attracted to my 9w Blacklight tube up in the mountains.
Some great new species were to be found in a region 5 miles South-West of Marmaris, and there were also some more familiar species that we record back home.

I'll let the list and the photos do the talking.

Some are still pending id and several specimens await dissection.

Dark Sword-grass
Dark Mottled Willow
Small Mottled Willow
Double-striped Pug
Scarce Blackneck
Small Marbled
Purple Marbled
Jersey Tiger
Clancy's Rustic
Nomophila noctuella
Endotricha flammealis
Bryophila rectilinea
Cryphia ochsi
Tree-lichen Beauty
Tegostoma baphialis
Spoladea recurvalis
Micronoctua karsholti
Blair's Mocha
Etiella zinckenella
Isturgia arenacearia
Antigastra catalaunalis
Emmelina monodactyla
Scrobipalpa atriplicella
Hellula undalis
Problepsis ocellata
Herpetogramma licarsisalis
Metasia ophialis
Bryophila vandalusiae

Antigastra catalaunalis

Bryophila rectilinea

Bryophila vandalusiae

Pyrausta sp?


Etiella zinckenella

Idia calvaria

Noctuidae sp

Problepsis ocellata

Tegostoma baphialis