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

Saturday 5 November 2016

Two back to back Garden catches

Two catches from my garden back to back from the 3rd quarter of September and not bad considering the time of year for my garden. Warm days and quite mild evenings at 15 degrees minimum has certainly helped.
Best species for me were a single Vapourer, only my second of the year (1st one was end of August on my parents farm), and a fresh Ypsolopha sylvella.
A few more Large Ranunculus were nice to see and a few late second brood micros in the form of Scrobipalpa costella and Carcina quercana.

Catch Report - 23/09/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Angle Shades 1
Brimstone Moth 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Copper Underwing 1
Large Ranunculus 1
Large Yellow Underwing 7
Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Lunar Underwing 7
Sallow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
Snout 1
Square-spot Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Acleris variegana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1

Catch Report - 24/09/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Vapourer 1 [NFY]
Barred Sallow 4
Garden Carpet 1
Large Ranunculus 2
Large Yellow Underwing 15
Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
Lunar Underwing 5
Sallow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 3
Willow Beauty 2

Micro Moths

Ypsolopha sylvella 1 [NFY]
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Blastobasis lacticolella 1
Carcina quercana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Epiphyas postvittana 7
Plutella xylostella 1

Scrobipalpa costella 1

Blastobasis lacticolella


Ypsolopha sylvella

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