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 18 March 2021

An extra new for year at home, and a nice surprise at work - 17/03/21

Last night I ran both a trap at home (125w Clear MV Robinson Trap) and a trap at work (twin 15w Actinic/Synergetic combo + 40w Actinic Trap).

Both traps had very little moths in and around, mostly Quaker's and Hebrew's with the abscence of any Drab's this morning.

Pick of the catch at home was a year first Agonopterix alstromeriana, a common moth here but always nicely coloured.

At work, I instantly spotted a thin almost straw-like moth sitting behind the trap and was very pleased to pot up and photograph the Spindle feeding Ypsolopha mucronella.

This is an uncommon moth for my records, this being only my 5th in 15 years of trapping, very pleased.

Agonopterix alstromeriana

Ypsolopha mucronella


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