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

Sunday 9 July 2017

Trip to Las Descargues 26th June - 03rd July - Micro Moths

Below are the Micro Moth highlights from our mothing holiday away.

With the cooler weather conditiobs, Micro Moths were few and far between and most species weren't flying in huge numbers unfortunately. 
The list currently stands at 118 species of Micro Moth recorded with the best moth a very rare Oecophoridae species Symmocoides oxybiella which is a new record for the Midi-pyrenees region of South-West France which I netted at the Causse during a rare period of sunshine.
More can be found on my flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/33398884@N03/
Species in red are new to me. 
Acleris holmiana
Acleris forsklaenna
Acleris notana ferrugana
Acleris variegana
Acompsia cinerella
Acompsia tripunctella
Acrobasis advenella
Acrobasis consociella
Adela australis
Agapeta hamana
Agapeta zoegana
Aglossa caprealis
Aglossa pinguinalis
Agonopterix heracliana ciliella
Agonopterix pallorella
Agonopterix scopariella
Agonopterix subpropinquella f rhodochrella
Agriphila straminea
Agrotis nemoralis
Alucita hexadactyla
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Anacampsis timidella
Anania hortulata
Anania lancealis
Aphomia sociella
Archips xylosteana
Argyresthia pruniella
Blastobasis glandulella
Blastobasis phycidella
Borkhausenia fuscescens
Bryotropha domestica
Capperia britanniodactyla
Carcina quercana
Catoptria falsella
Catoptria osthelderi
Catoptria permutatella
Catoptria pinella
Catoptria verellus
Celypha lacunana
Celypha striana
Chrysocrambus linetella
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Clepsis consimilana
Clepsis rurinana
Cnephasia sp
Coleophora sp
Crassa unitella
Cydalima perspectalis
Cydia fagiglandana
Cydia splendana
Dioryctria abietella
Ditula angustiorana
Elachista sp
Elegia similella
Endothenia nigricostana
Endothenia sp
Endotricha flammealis
Epagoge grotiana
Ephestia sp
Epinotia festivana
Eudemis profundana
Eudonia delunella
Eudonia lacustrata
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Evergestis aenealis
Harpella forficella
Hedya nubiferana
Helcystogramma lutatella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Homoeosoma sinuella
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Infurcitinea argentimaculella
Metalampra italica
Micropterix aglaella
Myelois circumvoluta
Nemapogon varietella
Neofaculta ericetella
Nomophila noctuella
Notocelia aquana roborana
Oegoconia sp pos deauratella
Oncocera semirubella
Opostega salaciella
Ostrinia nubilalis
Pammene argyrana
Pammene fasciana
Pandemis heparana
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Pediasia contaminella
Pelochrista caecimaculana
Petrophora narbonea
Phycita roborella
Pleuroptya ruralis
Pleurota aristella
Plutella xylostella
Prays fraxinella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pseudotelphusa scalella
Psyche casta
Pycitodes sp
Pyralis farinalis
Pyrausta aurata
Pyrausta despicta
Pyrausta nigrata
Pyrausta purpuralis
Scoparia ambigualis
Scoparia basistrigalis
Scythris scopolella
Sitochroa verticalis
Symmocoides oxybiella
Synaphe punctalis
Syncopacma sp
Teleiodes vulgella
Thisanotia chrysonuchella
Udea ferrugalis
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta padella sp
Yponomeuta plumbella
Infurcitinea argentimaculella

Harpella forficella

Epinotia festivana

Catoptria osthelderi

Blastobasis phycidella

Aglossa caprealis

Symmocoides oxybiella

Yponomeuta plumbella

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