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

Saturday 24 July 2021

Pempelia genistella - 3rd for Hertfordshire

A 3rd record for Hertfordshire attracted to my Actinic trap I run at work a couple of night's per week.
I went through the trap as normal before work, noted what was in there and potted up a few nice moths, nothing spectacular.
Spin ahead 3 hours and on my tea break I was just packing away the lights next to the trap and I spotted a Pyalid moth walking about in the grass, my goodness a Pempelia! I ran into the tea room (much to the bemusement of my colleagues) to grab a glass tube, ran back out and it was still walking around, just a short distance from where I originally found it, fantastic!

Two tips re-learnt... Always carry a pot on your person, 2 or 3 better, and always check the grass around the trap!

It is a new moth for me and my second Pempelia species after netting a Pempelia palumbella whilst on holiday in Dorset in 2019.
My County recorder was shown the moth and he's 99.9% sure it is of migrant origin.

Pempelia genistella

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