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

Sunday 3 July 2022

The wonders of a Wicken wander

A wander down a footpath adjacent to Wicken Fen on the 24th of June at dusk, yielded some cracking species.
Around 25 species were netted over an hour period as the light faded. 

Species potted up and then later released after photographs included the below species.

Bordered Beauty
Coleophora sp (TBC)
Dark Umber
Elachista triatomea
Hedya ochroleucana
Kent Black Arches
Lesser Cream Wave
Myelois circumvoluta
Phtheochroa inopiana

Some real crackers were netted, the Kent Black Arches was lovely to see in such fresh condition. 
Hedya ochroleucana is a rare moth for me and seldom seen, very hard to seperate from pruniana when worn, but when fresh, the ochre colour in the whiter apical area is distinct enough for a visual identity.
Dark Umber

Hedya ochroleucana

Kent Black Arches

Lesser Cream Wave

Myelois circumvoluta

Phtheochroa inopiana


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