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 1 October 2018

Garden Catch 15/07/18 - 3 more new micros for the garden!!

A warm and muggy night and a huge catch for the garden as a result.
10 species were new for the year, including 3 species never recorded here before and one i've never seen before anywhere.
Unfortunately the one I hadn't seen before the Ectoedemia louisella/sericopeza I may have mis-laid to get dissected, so i'll have to leave the record as one of the two.

Another record of Caloptilia rufipennella was nice, not a common moth here, but two this year already. 

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 377.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 15/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Dusky Sallow 3
Lime-speck Pug

Micro Moths

Ectoedemia louisella/sericopeza [NEW!]
Coleophora alcyonipennella [NFG]
Lobesia abscisana [NFG]
Acleris aspersana
Bucculatrix ulmella
Clavigesta purdeyi
Epinotia tenerana

Clavigesta purdeyi

Bucculatrix ulmella

Ectoedemia louisella/sericopeza

Epinotia tenerana

Acleris aspersana

Caloptilia rufipennella

Lobesia abscisana


Coleophora alcyonipennella

Dusky Sallow

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