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

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Micro's get blown in!

Well it was a wet, muggy and blustery day yesterday but at least the cloud stuck around and so it was time to put the trap on again.
Amongst the regular small assortment were a few moths of interest.
A Pale Prominent was my earliest garden record (previous records 19/06/13 - 14/07/14).
And I had a Stigmella aurella emerge from a Bramble leaf and also another Stigmella which lacks the 'gingery head of typical aurella'
I will get this checked out for sure.
Edit, not confirmed as Stigmella hybnerella, a new moth for me.

Catch Report -  04/05/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Prominent [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
1x Common Quaker
3x Early Grey
1x Double-striped Pug

Micro Moths

1x Stigmella hybnerella [NFG]
1x Syndemis musculana [NFY]
1x Psyche casta [NFY]
1x Stigmella aurella [NFY]
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Eriocrania subpurpurella

Syndemis musculana

Pale Prominent

Stigmella hybnerella


  1. P. casta ... are you finding the adult male or the female case ?
    If it's the case, where do you look ? Cheers mate

  2. Hi Trent. I find them walking up the walls near my trap, only usually singles or two at the most per year.