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 4 September 2022

Loxostege sticticalis invasion

Well perhaps not best described as an invasion, that word best fits Scrobipalpa ocellatella.
But, nevertheless we are seeing quite an influx of this migrant moth at the moment, it seems to certainly be the commonest Pyralid currently.
I took one last night at Chippenham Fen, unbelievably this isn't my first one from there, having taken a very different looking specimen on the 8th of August in 2019.
I have 3 UK records in total, my first one was on the last night I ran my trap on my parents farm, before moving out to Stevenage! The date was 23rd of July 2012, over 10 years ago! A ruddy good moth back then as far inland as East Herts.
How many of you have now trapped one? 
I'm still holding out for a garden record of this unusual looking moth.
Loxostege sticticalis - 08/08/19

Loxostege sticticalis - 03/09/22


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