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

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Check those hidey holes!

Another night trapping in the garden and another early rise to see what I would be greeted by, plenty was the answer and a good variety of the typical expected Spring-time species.
Best moth of the night was another Pale Pinion, the second this year so far and a completely different moth from the last going on the subtle differences in markings.
I had tallied up 15 moths of 7 species initially this morning but, as you do I checked underneath the tub that shields the electrics for the trap and I finally found where the rest of my Clouded Drabs had ended up! With four just sitting there backed up by a fresh Chestnut...One unfortunately was deceased.

20 moths of 9 species was very pleasing for my tiny garden.

The weather towards the end of the week looks set to be a very mixed bag with some lovely sunny spells and torrential rain as possible with the temperature getting cooler for the night which isn't ideal for mothing.

Catch Report - 05/04/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brindled Pug
1x Pale Pinion
5x Common Quaker
3x Hebrew Character
3x Small Quaker
1x Chestnut
4x Clouded Drab
3x March Moth

Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla

Clouded Drabs & Chestnut

Pale Pinion

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