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 25 April 2014

Seeing double, I mean Triple!

4 new for year's this morning was pleasant but still struggling for numbers, pretty much all of April.
The weather has been very up and down and we have had quite a few showers over the last few nights.
Clay Triple-lines was the highlight, a moth I have only caught before in mature Beech Woodland, luckily for me we have a fair few Beeches at the end of our garden.

Catch Report - 23/04/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Clay Triple-lines [NFG]
1x Red Twin-spot Carpet [NFY]
1x Angle Shades [NFY]
1x Flame Shoulder [NFY]
1x Double-striped Pug  
1x Early Grey  
1x Hebrew Character 
2x Brindled Pug
1x Oak-tree Pug
2x Clouded Drab  
1x Brimstone Moth  
1x Common Quaker
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Nut-tree Tussock

Micro Moths 

1x Epermenia chaerophyllella
3x Emmelina monodactyla

Clay Triple-lines

Flame Shoulder

Shuttle-shaped Dart


  1. I've never had a Clay Triple-lines. A good one for the garden.

  2. Thanks Matt, only had a few in mature woodland, quite a surprise indeed.