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

Friday 4 April 2014

Another garden first...what a beauty!

Well I seem to have escaped any of the April fool's shenanigans this year...4 days already into April it really is frightening how quickly the year is going already.
Though they say the months go bye faster the older you get, so in comparison to most moth'ers mine must be just trickling by at the moment! Sorry for my stereo-typical moment there!
It really is hard to get the younger generation interested in things other than I this and E that (ipad and err something else).
Back to moths
Pine Beauty was a lovely new moth for the garden, I have been expecting one of these, as about 200ish metres down the bridlepath we have a small conifer plantation.
New for year were Streamer (which wouldn't stay still for it's photo-shoot so a pot shot is all I can offer) and the micro Caloptilia semifascia.
Apart from that it was business as usual.

Catch Report - 03/04/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pine Beauty [NFG] 
1x Streamer [NFY]
3x Brindled Pug
3x Double-striped Pug
9x Hebrew Character
14x Common Quaker 

4x Small Quaker
6x Clouded Drab
3x Chestnut
1x Early Grey
1x Early Thorn
1x Twin-spotted Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Caloptilia semifascia [NFY]
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Caloptilia semifascia

Pine Beauty



  1. You'll be pleased to know that two of my grandsons, aged 10 and 13 who are both keen and knowledgeable. I guess coming from our family, with dad, mum, granddad and uncles all keen naturalists, it was almost inevitable, but it doesn't always follow.

  2. Always nice to here Tony. I have my Dad to thank for showing me bird-watching on the farm as a kid and looking under the garden bricks and paving slabs for beetles....there was loads back then, sadly when you lift them up nowadays it is just worms and slugs!
    All the best