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 28 July 2020

Catch Report - 14/07/20 - Back Garden

A new garden moth was awaiting me on the 14th of July, the unusual Drepanidae, Scalloped Hook-tip.
Moth species no.745 for the garden and the 5th new macro moth species this year

Also it was nice to record both Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth) and Ear Moth. Both scarce species here, notable the Ear Moth (last and first seen in 2015 with just one previous record here).

Also another observation, Agonopterix alstromeriana is typically common out in the field in Spring as it over-winters and comes out of hibernation, but I haven't seen one in Spring for 4 years now, and the new for year examples hatch quite consistently between the 12 and 15th of July here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 376.

Only New For Year Species Reported

125w MV  Robinson Trap min 12c at 4:30am

Catch Report - 14/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Ear Moth 1 [NFY]
Scalloped Hook-tip [NFG]

Micro Moths

Agonopterix alstromeriana 1 [NFY]
Carpatolechia fugitivella 1 [NFY]
Galleria mellonella 1 [NFY]

Agonopterix alstromeriana

Carpatolechia fugitivella

Ear Moth

Galleria mellonella

Scalloped Hook-tip

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