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

Monday 14 June 2021

Moths at work 10/06/21

A very good selection of moths at works Actinic trap and the spare Mercury Blended trap on Thursday night (My last outing there before a long weekend off)
Many new species for the year were observed, some i've had in the garden already this year, and others which have yet to make an appearance or have never made an appearance, such is the difference in habitat.
A total of 31 species were noted in all.

Best moths were two Buttoned Snout (One really worn and one in good condition) Aethes tesserana (A rarity for me and only seen twice before), an unusual looking Pyralid Donacaula mucronella (Which does turn up in gardens quite frequently despite being a wetland species) and the star of the trapping show, a new species for me. Cydia cosmophorana!

I didn't count every single moth, as I only get 10 or 15 minutes to pot bits and bobs up and just focused on the new species.

10/06/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap & 160w MBT Trap

Macro Moths
Alder Moth
Bright-line Brown-eye
Buttoned Snout 2
Figure of Eighty
Pine Carpet
White Ermine

Micro Moths 

Aethes tesserana
Cauchas fibulella (Netted Daytime)
Ditula angustiorana
Donacaula mucronella 
Ephestia sp 2 (TBC)
Eudonia angustea 
Homoeosoma sinuella
Rhyacionia pinivorana

Aethes tesserana

Alder Moth

Bright-line Brown-eye

Buttoned Snout

Cauchas fibulella

Cydia cosmophorana

Donacaula mucronella

Figure of Eighty

Homoeosoma sinuella

Pine Carpet

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