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 12 May 2016

A Spectacle and two moths out of their comfort zone

Old big sunglasses turned up last night in pristine condition, I love Spectacles and it is up there as one of my favourite looking moths.
The two moths out of their comfort zone were of course both species of probably the commonest of the House Moths, Endrosis sarcitella and Hofmannophila pseudospretella both new for year as well.

Six new for year moths were most welcome on a clear but warm night with temperatures not dipping below 12 degrees.
Today has been warm again way past 24 degrees but breezy, will it be worth running the trap again? I think so.
Good luck all. 

Catch Report - 11/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Spectacle [NFY]
2x V-pug [NFY]
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Nut-tree Tussock
2x Double-striped Pug 

Micro Moths

1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella [NFY] 
1x Endrosis sarcitrella [NFY]
1x Elachista canapennella [NFY]
1x Elachista apicipunctella [NFY]
1x Mompha subbistrigella
2x Epiphyas postvittana 


Elachista apicipunctella

Endrosis sarcitrella

Hofmannophila pseudospretella


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