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

Monday 8 July 2013

Another load of new ones + more moths than last night!

A great night again, and thus I have not had the time to count all of the moths. Far far more than the previous night with
a minimum temperature of 16c and no wind it was perfect. 

Clears skies does not seem to be having an impact at the moment, with the high temperatures that
are persisting.
I have just listed the moths that were new ones for the garden and year.
Some superb species including Varied Coronet, Leopard Moth, Rustic, Light Arches, Beautiful Hook-tip and another Red-necked Footman, presumed a migrant as they are not a resident moth here in Hertfordshire.
I'll let the list and the photos do the talking as I am shattered (and I am out again tonight!)

17 new species for the garden   (12 Macro - 5 Micro)
5 new species for the year          (2 Macro - 3 Micro)

122 Macros and 69 Micros bringing the grand total upto 191 moth species for the year so far.

Catch Report - 07/07/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Rivulet [NFG]
2x Leopard Moth [NFG]
1x Dwarf Cream Wave [NFG]
2x Common Emerald [NFG]
1x Light Arches [NFG]
1x Rustic [NFG]
1x Varied Coronet [NFG]
1x Dingy Shears [NFG]
1x Beautiful Hook-tip [NFG]
1x Common Wainscot [NFG]
1x Small Emerald [NFG]
1x Blood-vein [NFG]

1x Single-dotted Wave [NFY]
3x Riband Wave [NFY]

Micro Moths

1x Blastodacna hellerella [NFG]
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla [NFG]
1x Agapeta hamana [NFG]
2x Crambus perlella [NFG]

3x Udea prunalis [NFG]
2x Eudonia mercurella [NFY]
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY]
1x Ditula angustiorana [NFY]

Beautiful Hook-tip

Blastodacna hellerella


Clouded Brindle

Common Emerald

Common Wainscot

Crambus perlella

Dingy Shears

Ditula angustiorana

Dwarf Cream Wave

Eudonia mercurella

Leopard Moth

Light Arches

Red-necked Footman - 2nd one!


Small Rivulet

Varied Coronet


  1. Red-necked Footman in the garden. I say!

  2. They're all Red-necks in Stevenage .... Damn good moth list though, looks good for the next few days :)

  3. My recent luck will run out! Not much about last night in woodland. A stiff breeze and tems down to 10c didn't help!