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

Saturday 1 June 2013

Poor year....but that is more like it!

By recent standards, a superb selection of moths greeted me this morning at 5.30am, with 9 new for the year and 6 of them new for the garden, a grand total of 29 moths of 21 species was quite frankly overwhelming!
Best moth of the night was undoubtedly Epermenia chaerophyllella which is only my second record of this rather non-descript moth. My last record was on the 3rd of April 2008 in Essex so this is my first Hertfordshire example of this supposed 'common' moth?
Other than that all of the other species were to be expected.
Clouded Drab was nearly my first June example.....

Catch Report - 31/05/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Peppered Moth [NFG]
1x Mottled Pug [NFG]
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot [NFG]
1x Silver-ground Carpet [NFG]
2x Common Swift [NFY]
1x Vine's Rustic [NFY]
1x Green Carpet [NFY]

3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
1x Orange Footman
4x Brimstone Moth
1x Yellow-barred Brindle
1x Clouded Drab
1x Pebble Prominent
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Angle Shades
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Garden Carpet

Micro moths

1x Epermenia chaerophyllella [NFG]
2x Syndemis musculana [NFG]

1x Adela reamurella

Vine's Rustic

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Epermenia chaerophyllella in 2008

Common Swift

Green Carpet

Mottled Pug

Peppered Moth

Rustic Shoulder-knot

A pair of Syndemis musculana

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