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

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Oak Nycteoline at work

On Tuesday I was pruning Yew trees with my team at work, when a moth took flight from the over-hanging Ivy covering the side of the tree, I tracked the moth which settled within easy reach and I potted it up.
It was an Oak Nycteoline, a species of Nolidae and resembling a Tortrix moth (But actually in the order Macrolepidoptera).
I count myself lucky that I have a job where I am outside for most of the day, if I wasn't, then I also wouldn't have spotted a pair of Brimstone's fluttering through the afternoon hazy sunshine, awoken by incredibly mild 15 degrees of warmth.
I have yet to record this species in my garden.
Bishops' Stortford Cemetery, East Herts. 

Oak Nycteoline
Brimstone Butterfly


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