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

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Sunday 22 May 2022

A brief local wander on Saturday

Yesterday (21/05/22) I had a spare hour to have a walk with a net to see what I could find in the local area. 
The aim of the game was to tap bushes and net moths as they fly out. A rewarding but sometimes frustrating method of field craft for moths.
And indeed it worked beautifully, plenty of moths netted including Anthophila fabriciana, many Dichrorampha species, Celypha lacunana, Hedya pruniana (Only from the Prunus) and the best until last, at least 5 Adela croesella, what a stunning little moth with it's purple shades. A single smart Clepsis consimilana and the best, a beauty of a micro, Telechrysis tripuncta.
Telechrysis tripuncta is a moth I first encountered whilst on holiday and when visiting the gardens of heligan, I then found it in north Herts at a chalk pit, this being only my 3rd record, and not seen in Cambs for 10 years?
Very pleased and very lucky.
Adela croesella

Clepsis consimilana

Telechrysis tripuncta


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