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 23 April 2014

A big surprise!

A much better variety of moths last night with new for year Shuttle-shaped Dart and Phyllonorycter messaniella.
Also another Brimstone and Waved Umber turned up, it really is slim pickings at the moment.
But it was all worth it!
Biggest surprise was a Male Lime Hawk-moth, my earliest by 34 days! A garden first. 

I also observed 2 Adela reamurella in one of the bushes whilst watering the plants this afternoon.

Catch Report - 22/04/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Lime Hawk-moth [NFG]
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart [NFY]
1x Early Grey
1x Hebrew Character
1x Brindled Pug
1x Brimstone Moth

1x Waved Umber

Micro Moths 

1x Phyllonorycter messaniella [NFY]
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Mompha subbistrigella 

Waved Umber

Lime Hawk-moth

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Phyllonorycter messaniella


  1. Its interesting to see the variation your getting compared to me in Hornchurch, Essex.