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 11 October 2014

A week passes with little to report

Well we are firmly into the slow part of the year now, with flash floods, cool breezes and clear nights, but it has been mild enough to run the trap on just two occasions this past week.

On Sunday night it was mild but clear and the trap went on as usual, but waking up to find five moths in 10 hours of light trapping (1 moth every 2 hours) was solely depressing to put it bluntly, with nothing new for the year, still I expected this after such a high a few weeks back.

Ho hum, I had to wait until Thursday for another favourable night, well it chucked it down for two hours solid at around 4pm, but then it turned to light drizzle and it seemed a tad warmer, so the egg trays were lined in the trap, collar on, funnel and bulb on and away we go again, this time with a better return than Sunday night, with 8 moths of 7 species.
Still no Merveille du Jour or Brick (I didn't get any last year) or Dark Chestnut, and still getting Carcina quercana!
Results are below.

Catch Report - 05/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125x MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common Wainscot
1x Red-line Quaker
1x Sallow
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Brown-spot Pinion

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Catch Report - 09/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125x MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Angle Shades

Micro Moths

1x Acleris schalleriana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Carcina quercana

Acleris schalleriana


  1. Haven't seen Brick in the garden for 3 years, they seem to be getting very scarce around these parts.
    If you have any Ivy in the garden it's worth checking the flowers

  2. Hi Trent. Yep scarce, although a chap about 15 miles away from me had 6 on an outing to a woodland! No Ivy in the garden unfortunately as its not big enough, but the two Oaks opposite are plastered in them.