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

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Stifling September!

New for year species have slowed up again, with just one new addition on Friday night in my garden.
There were however a few returning faces that I hadn't seen for a while
Phyllonorycter geniculella was the new moth for 2023, a fairly regular species, late this year.
Elachista atricomella was a returning second brood, it really is quite large for an Elachista.

A few fresh Oak Hook-tips have been about as well, keeping a cautious and well-trained eye on any potential Spiny Hook-tips.

Purple Bar was again one I hadn't seen for a few months, and lastly I got two Scrobipalpa ocellatella, that only makes 3 now this year. Last year it was well over 250.
The Sugar Beets locally have no sign of larval damage this year, i'm not entirely sure why?
The weather continues to ramp up to blistering conditions and hopefully we'll see some new moths grace our traps.
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 588 species
Phyllonorycter geniculella 1 [NFY]

Elachista atricomella

Oak Hook-tip

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Purple Bar

Scrobipalpa ocellatella

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