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

Sunday 8 May 2016

Which month is it?

Very confused, I thought we were nearly the middle of May! Well the Lepidoptera family don't think so with fresh Common Quaker's and Hebrew Character's last night.
A really poor catch again with just 11 moths of 9 species under clear skies which from my experience moths just hate.
It was relatively mild though at a minimum of 13 degrees and little or no wind and it is already 20 degrees out there this morning!
There were two new for year's, Nut-tree Tussock and Phyllonorycter coryli.

Catch Report - 07/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Nut-tree Tussock [NFY]
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Hebrew Character
1x Common Quaker
1x Brindled Pug
1x Double-striped Pug 

Micro Moths

1x Phyllonorycter coryli [NFY]
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana 

Nut-tree Tussock

Phyllonorycter coryli


  1. Butterflies seem to be 2-3 weeks behind last year, judging by my records. Interesting that you're finding the same with the moths Ben. Still no Small Blues yet at the A41 site. Hopefully things will have picked up considerably by the end of this month! ;o)

  2. Hi Lucy.
    Yes it has been tough going, we have struggled to keep any cloud that we have had during the day, moths love cloud and butterflies hate it! KI hope you find the Small Blues again this year, quite a few species in my garden today, M/F of Orange-tip, Brimstone and Small White. Going trapping at Bovingdon tonight with Roger and Steve. Thanks. Ben