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

Monday 15 June 2015

Another great night

I got up a little later this morning at 6am and I didn't expect there to be many moths left but luckily there was no evidence of bird predation and a few moths were still sitting safely on the walls and around the trap.
Inside it was busy for my garden and many new species were found.
Brown Silver-line was a new Macro Moth for the garden, it's taken a while to get one of these considering how much Fern/Bracken is along the Bridle path.
Cochylis molliculana was back after last year's absence, a typical coastal moth that has now spread and is probably breeding locally.
Phyllonorycter leucographella also turned up in 2013 but not last year.

Catch Report -  14/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brown Silver-line [NFG]
1x Willow Beauty [NFY]  
1x Green Carpet [NFY]
1x Fern [NFY]
1x Dark Arches [NFY]
1x Snout [NFY]
1x Straw Dot [NFY]
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFY]
1x Silver-Y
5x Common Swift
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Mottled Rustic
1x Brown Rustic
1x Scalloped Hazel
1x Pale Oak Beauty
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Burnished Brass
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Common Pug
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Garden Carpet
1x Spruce Carpet 6x Ingrailed Clay
2x Large Nutmeg
14x Heart & Dart

Micro Moths

1x Cochylis molliculana [NFY]
1x Epinotia bilunana [NFY] 
1x Eudonia lacustrata [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter leucographella [NFY]
2x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Evergestis forficalis
Phyllonorycter leucographella

Brown Silver-line


Pale Oak Beauty

Cochylis molliculana

Epinotia bilunana

Eudonia lacustrata

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