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

Friday 19 January 2018

Tortricodes alternella flying in the sunshine?!?

Today I was walking in Shephalbury Park today in Stevenage with a client when something flying caught my eye, thinking it was just a fly I very nearly carried on but something told me to look again and so I pooped my glasses on and followed it where it settled on a garage wall.
This is the first time I have encountered this species flying in the daytime. 
Also to add that it wasn't particularly warm at 6 degrees, but out of the wind and in the sunshie it must have thought it was Spring!
Below is a cropped phone picture of the said moth.

This record beats my all-time earliest record by 4 days with one taken to light in the garden during a very mild spell on the 23rd of January in 2016.

Tortricodes alternella

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