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

Thursday 29 October 2015

Aussie's rule!

An interesting catch on Tuesday night saw a similar amount of moths grace the trap and sheet as the previous night, with another mild night ahead but rain predicted overnight I was hopeful of at least something of interest.
I wasn't let down with two Tachystola acroxantha's potted up off of my white sheet behind the trap just before bedtime at 9.30pm, these two moths being my 2nd and 3rd records for the garden this year of this quite pretty member of the Clothes moth family, and being from that family they are never the most co-operative of moths when trying to photograph them as I found out this morning!
These moths like the LBAM (Epiphyas postvittana) originate from Australia.

Also of note was my joint latest specimen of Willow Beauty, a tiny individual that was checked for the rare migrant Feathered Beauty that sometimes appears along the South Coast at this time of year.

Catch Report -  28/10/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Willow beauty
7x November moth sp
1x Red-line Quaker

Micro Moths

2x Tachystola acroxantha
1x Acleris schalleriana
2x Acleris sparsana
3x Epiphyas postvittana

Tachystola acroxantha


  1. They've come to watch the world cup rugby final. Traps in the Twickenham area are filling up ...

  2. Hehe indeed! I hope that with all these extra 'spectators' that they will beat their brethren.