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 31 December 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you have a brilliant 2020 recording moths and continue to support the growing developments, that moths really do matter and that we need to look after our ecosystems right down to the smallest organisms, as they are part of a much bigger picture!
Moths are far from being dull, boring and having a fondness for your entire wardrobe
Here is my brief list of new species added to my garden this year, a massive 36 species added taking my garden list to 728 since my first full mothing year in 2013 (6 years).

On top of that, I managed 3 new species for Herts just from my garden alone.

Thank you to Graeme Smith for all of the below dissections and many more on top of that!

I will get round to listing my best moths of 2019 in the coming week

Macro Moths

* Yellow Horned
* Tawny Pinion
* Sloe Pug
* Pearly Underwing
* Scarlet Tiger
* Dotted Rustic
* Oak Eggar
* Beautiful Marbled [NEW TO HERTS]
* Dark Spectacle
* Dotted Chestnut
* Pine Carpet

Micro Moths

* Stigmella samiatella
* Glyphipterix fuscoviridella
* Opostega salaciella
* Cedestis subfasciella
* Archips crataegana
* Elegia similella
* Dioryctria abietella
* Syncopacma larseniella - Gen Det GJS
* Triaxomasia caprimulgella - Gen Det GJS [NEW TO HERTS]
* Acleris notana
* Grapholita lobarzewskii - Gen Det GJS
* Tuta absoluta - Gen Det GJS [NEW TO HERTS]
* Eucosma campoliliana
* Infurcitinea argentimaculella
* Coleophora glaucicolella - Gen Det GJS
* Coleophora binderella - Gen Det GJS
* Coleophora saturatella - Gen Det GJS
* Elachista (Formerly Cosmiotes) stabilella
* Argyresthia bonnetella
* Pediasia contaminella
* Monopis weaverella
* Roeslerstammia erxlebella
* Musotima nitidalis

Triaxomasia caprimulgella

Tuta absoluta

Beautiful Marbled

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