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 30 March 2017

Clocks Spring forwards and the moths improve

A big improvement lately here in my garden.
33 moths of 12 species with 3 new for the year last night including Pine Beauty, Satellite and V-Pug, the latter is an extraordinary record for my garden with previous year first records as follows 16/07/13 - 30/06/14 - 24/04/15 - 11/06/16.

The nights before last have all been clear and varying between 4 and 9c.

Here is a quick roundup from the last 4 nights.

Catch Report - 26/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 4c

Macro Moths

2x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
5x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Catch Report - 27/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 4c

Macro Moths

1x Common Quaker 
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Early Grey
3x Hebrew Character
2x March Moth 
1x Small Quaker
Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla

Catch Report - 28/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 3c

Macro Moths

1x Chestnut
2x Common Quaker
1x Early Grey
6x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
Micro Moths

2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Diurnea fagella

Catch Report - 29/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Cold/Clear 1.5c

Macro Moths

1x Pine Beauty [NFY]
1x Satellite [NFY]
1x V-Pug [NFY] 
1x Chestnut
7x Common Quaker
2x Clouded Drab
4x Double-striped Pug 
2x Early Grey
10x Hebrew Character
Micro Moths

1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana


Pine Beauty


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