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 2 November 2013

Another multi-catch report

Little time to write much, but did managed to get the trap out last Wednesday and Thursday night as it was nice and mild but a tad windy with on and off showers both nights.
The result wasn't many moths at all, but Large Wainscot was new for the garden and lovely to see, a probable migrant/wanderer as the habitat around here is no where near suitable.

It is my 401st species of Moth for the garden since August 2012.

3 Sprawlers over the two nights was also a bonus and another Caloptilia semifascia to boot.
Barred Sallow still hanging on with one individual on the 30th of October.

I am a little concerned about Merveille du jour, last year I got just two on the 22nd of October. I initially thought I had more than that, but the records don't lie!

Other moths that might not get a garden look in this year are...

Brick                2012 (7) 2013 (0)
Black Rustic    2012 (2)  2013 (0)

Both of which made appearances last year as can be seen above.

Next week could be changeable so I will see when it is best to put the trap out.

Catch Report - 30/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

1x Large Wainscot [NFG]
1x Sprawler [NFY]
3x Chestnut
2x November Moth
1x Barred Sallow
1x Turnip Moth
1x Common Marbled Carpet

Micro Moths

4x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Acleris sparsana
1x Nomophila noctuella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Caloptilia semifascia
1x Acleris schalleriana


Catch Report - 31/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades
2x Sprawler
1x Red-line Quaker
1x Red-green Carpet

2x November Moth

Micro Moths

1x Acleris sparsana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Large Wainscot



  1. Nice Sprawlers! I've recorded it just once in 2010. Not too much woodland where I live, so a real difficult one.

  2. Thanks Matt.
    There is a fair bit of Woodland around here, as I get things like Lobster Moth. Strangely though I have never recorded one out in the woods. Rural and Sub-urban gardens have done well for them for me over the years. I hope you manage one this year.