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

Friday 28 May 2021

Latest moths

Well there wasn't much in the trap last night, certainly not worth writing about!
I did leave the trap on at work last night though, again not much to report! Just 11 moths of 6 species, all macro moths.

Highlights were a fresh Heart & Dart, and a not so fresh Shears that was barely recognisable!

In the garden yesterday afternoon, Argyresthia trifasciata was caught by hand. I did try and get a photo of it today, but it flew off in record time so a stock photo will have to do!

I also potted a Brown House Moth in fairly good condition which was landing on my car as I went to do the bins.

I'm looking forward to warmer nights now, as it was only 6 degrees here last night. 

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 64.

27/05/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap 

Garden Carpet 3
Heart & Dart 1
Light Brocade 1
Shears 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Treble Lines 3

26/05/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - Daytime
Argyresthia trifasciata 1 [NFY]
Hofmannophila pseudospretella 1

Argyresthia trifasciata

Heart & Dart

Hofmannophila pseudospretella


Treble Lines

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