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

Thursday 25 February 2021

Last night at the work trap

With my trap left out overnight at work and with another breezy but warm night predicted, I wasn't expecting much to the homemade Actinic trap, so you can imagine my amazement when I actually could see moths in and around the trap, spotting two Acleris literana's on the top of the lid was very pleasing, what's more they were two different forms!
Also, a great big Oak Beauty and a stunning Pine Beauty were in the bottom of the trap.
13 moths of  8 species was the final count, including a late find Phyllocnistis species (which I think is xenia) I'll try and photograph it better tomorrow as it wouldn't stop walking around the pot!

No more trapping for a while now as the cold nights return.

24/02/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Common Quaker 2
Oak Beauty 1
Pine Beauty 1
Micro Moths
Acleris literana 2
Emmelina monodactyla 4
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Phyllocnistis xenia 1 TBC
Tortricodes alternella 1
Acleris literana

Acleris literana

Common Quaker

Phyllocnistis xenia 1 TBC

Epiphyas postvittana

Oak Beauty

Pine Beauty

Tortricodes alternella


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