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

Friday 9 September 2022

Damp and dreary

The weather certainly has been that as of late.
The only plus, is the grass is now on it's way to fully recovering after the desert like conditions we experienced all summer!
Not much in my trap this morning, just 10 species, despite a mild 14c minimum (I think it was just so damp, and the vegetation was still soaked when my light went on).

The best moth was a season first Dark Chestnut, and worthy of a few photos.

At work today I was just doing a litter pick, when I disturbed a small white moth, it just dropped into the long grass from underneath a Hawthorn bush, luckily I traced it's tumbling fall with a stare, and managed to get it in a pot (I always carry pots on me, this was the reason why!)

The moth was Povolnya leucapennella, my third record and my second from pretty much the same spot in the cemetery which I disturbed back in January in 2021.
A rare moth in Herts, with only a few records.
It is an Oak feeder, and there are a few mature Oaks dotted around the cemetery.
The icing on the cake was that it was the bright white form and very different from the one I potted last year.
Dark Chestnut - Fordham (08/09/22)

Povolnya leucapennella - Bishop's Stortford (29/01/21)

Povolnya leucapennella - Bishop's Stortford (09/09/22)


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