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 22 June 2016

Well I won't top this anytime soon...19 NFY in one night

On Monday night I set the trap up as usual and switched the light on at around 9.30pm, Summer solstice was nearly upon us and the weather lately has improved with warm days but most importantly warm evenings and Monday evening was no different.
The morning came in a blink of an eye and seeing moths on our french door I knew there was going to be a good catch awaiting me with 19, yes 19! New for year moths.
I can't remember the last time I had that many new ones in one sitting.

Best moth of the night was a single Lychnis, only my second garden record, the first was in 2013 and not a common moth from my records in 10 years.

Catch Report - 20/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

Clouded Silver 1 [NFY]
Common Carpet 1 [NFY]
Fan-foot 1 [NFY]
Green Silver-lines 1 [NFY]
Heart & Club 1 [NFY]
Lychnis 1 [NFY]
Small Dusty Wave 1 [NFY]
Small Fan-foot 1 [NFY]
Small Square-spot 1 [NFY]
Smoky Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Snout 1 [NFY] 
Angle Shades 1
Clouded Border 2
Common Pug 2
Common Swift 3
Common Wainscot 1
Dark Arches 2
Double-striped Pug 1
Flame 1
Garden Carpet 2
Green Pug 6
Grey Pug 1
Heart & Dart 16
Ingrailed Clay 1
Large Nutmeg 1
Marbled Minor 2
Mottled Rustic 2
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Silver-Y 2
Spectacle 1
Straw Dot 1
Treble Brown Spot 1
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 2

Micro Moths

Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Aphelia paleana 1 [NFY]
Coleophora sp 1 [NFY] 
Dichrorampha alpinana 1 [NFY]
Eulia ministrana 1 [NFY]
Gypsonoma dealbana 1 [NFY]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Celypha striana 2 
Chrysoteuchia culmella 6
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Eurrhypara hortulata 1
Mompha epilobiella 1
Parornix sp 1
Plutella xylostella 1
Scoparia ambigualis 3
Tortrix viridana 7


Small Dusty Wave

Smoky Wainscot


Gypsonoma dealbana

Aleimma loeflingiana