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 1 August 2014

New Camera

Well after 8 years with my first DSLR the beloved Sony A200 with the 100mm Cosina 1:2 macro lens, I finally plumped for a Sony A65 coupled with a Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens.

It will take me months to work out the ideal f-stop and iso settings for all of the light conditions during photography that are thrown at me, but I am pleasantly surprised so far.

Here are a few pics from last nights catch, of which I must write up when I get time (list now added)

Still a trickle of new for years but the amount of Macro moths has really dropped off with Micro moths more numerous in the trap, including 65 Blastobasis adustella

Catch Report - 31/07/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
2x Dusky Thorn [NFY]
1x Square-spotted Clay [NFY]
2x Black Arches
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
3x Brimstone Moth
2x Cloaked Minor
3x Common Carpet
8x Common Rustic
2x Dark Arches
2x Dingy Footman
4x Dot Moth
2x Double-striped Pug
3x Dun-bar
1x Dusky Sallow
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Heart & Dart
3x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Marbled Beauty
4x Mottled Beauty
2x Orange Swift
10x Riband Wave
1x Scarce Footman
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Single-dotted Wave
1x Small Blood-vein
1x Small Rivulet
1x Straw Dot
5x Straw Underwing
1x Swallow-tailed Moth
2x Uncertain
3x Willow Beauty
1x Yellow Shell 

Micro Moths

1x Scrobipalpa costella [NFG]
1x Caloptilia syringella [NFG]
1x Lyonetia clerkella [NFG]
1x Aspilapteryx tringipennella [NFY]
1x Bryotropha domestica
1x Monopis laevigella
2x Pandemis corylana
65x Blastobasis adustella
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
10x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Parornix sp
5x Cameraria ohridella
12x Agriphila straminella
1x Acleris schalleriana
5x Cydia splendana
15x Ambylptilia acanthadactyla
2x Helcystogramma rufescens
3x Carcina quercana
2x Evergestis forficalis
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Black Arches

Caloptilia syringella

Square-spotted Clay

Dusky Thorn

Small Rivulet


  1. Good catch, and the pics look nice and crisp.
    It's high time my little Panasonic TZ10 lumix was upgraded I'm thinking. :)

  2. Thanks buddy, yes I am loving it, but its very hard to get good photos, the camera needs to be so steady otherwise the pictures are super blurry.