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

Tuesday 16 April 2019

4 lifers in two days!

4 lifers in 2 days here in Central Herts. Extremely lucky to get Orange Underwing yesterday whilst out with work (After much deliberation)... which was made easier with another Orange nderwing today to compare with, my first Light Orange Underwing! Crazy, 10 years i've looked for these and 'think' i've seen one or two at the tops of trees before, to get both species fly by me within netting range is just crazy. Also 2 interesting micros today. Mompha langiella, presumed extinct in the County? One netted around Birch today and 2x Heliozela sericiella also netted flying around in the hazy sunshine. Temp upto 18c which certainly brought things out.
Other moths were singles of Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Eriocrania salopiella and Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella.
These 4 recent new species for my UK list, takes me to 1506 since 2006.
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella

Left: Female Orange Underwing Right: Male Light Orange Underwing

Light Orange Underwing

Light Orange Underwing

Heliozela sericiella

Heliozela sericiella

Mompha langiella

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