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

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Garden Trap - 04-09-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Well what a difference a bulb makes. With similiar conditions last night to the previous night, this morning I was greeted by 73 moths of 18 species.

with 20 Square-spot Rustics and 19 Large Yellow Underwings making the highest totals.

Best moths were new for garden 2x Vine's Rustic and a moth I seldom see, a single Small Square-spot in lovely condition.

Catch Report -04-09-12 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Vine's Rustic [NFG]
1x Small Square-spot [NFG]
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Centre-barred Sallow  
7x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Willow Beauty  
5x Brimstone   
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Silver-Y
3x Garden Carpet  
3x Orange Swift 

20x Square-spot Rustic
19x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Light Emerald

Micro Moths

1x Agriphila geniculea

5x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x C.culmella
1x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana

Small Square-spot

Garden Carpet

Vine's Rustic


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