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

Sunday 10 May 2020

Permitted exercise...with a net and torch.

Some moths from last night whilst walking across chalk grassland at dusk.
I stayed for half an hour into dark, it was tough mothing with just a torch and net...I missed loads and can't wait to actually get out with traps!

Highlight was the two micros, Elachista biatomella (2nd ever record) & Bucculatrix ulmifoliae (new for me if confirmed by dissection).

09/05/20 - Hexton Chalkpit - North-West Herts 

Macro Moths

Common Carpet 1

Common Pug 1
Green Carpet 20+
Mottled Pug 1
Sandy Carpet 1
Small Purple-barred 1
Small Waved Umber 1

Micro Moths

Acompsia cinerella 1
Agonopterix arenella 1
Bucculatrix ulmella 2
Bucculatrix ulmifoliae 1 (TBC)
Cochylimorpha straminea 10+
Elachista biatomella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Notocelia cynosbatella 1
Nematopogon metaxella 5
Pancalia leuwenhoekella 1
Plutella xylostella 1
Pyrausta nigrata 1
Scoparia ambigualis 10+

Pancalia leuwenhoekella

Acompsia cinerella

Bucculatrix ulmifoliae

Elachista biatomella

Nematopogon metaxella

Sandy Carpet

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