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 4 March 2019

Cydia pactolana - New to Herts!

03/05/18 - Cydia pactolana - New to Herts - Braughing Friars Farmland, beaten from a Coniferous tree during the daytime.

Thanks to Colin for dissecting the specimen today (A Male)
Got round to it eventually, after being found amongst many glass vials.

I knew something didn't quite look right about this moth for strobilella and i'm glad I questioned it and kept the specimen! Colin will set it out and add it to his new Tortricidae drawers no doubt.

It is a very rare moth, with an extremely broad timescale of being found.
It has been recorded in 2 of the 5 surrounding Counties of Hertfordshire (Bedfordshire in 1986) and (Buckinghamshire in 2010).
Cydia pactolana

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Cydia pactolana distribution map

Colin Plant checking the dissected moth

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