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 22 April 2017

Back to back catches

On Thursday night and last night I ran the trap for a right old mix of moths, unfortunately numbers are still pretty poor here but new species keep the interest and the list increasing.

On Thursday I had 17 moths of 11 species which is pretty good going here, but last night was considerably lower with just 6 moths of 6 species.

And just this afternoon i've added Anthophila fabriciana to the year list, making it 5 new for years over 2 days, hardly disappointing. 

Best moth over the last few days was a pristine Brindled Beauty from this morning, having not seen one in 11 years, I now get two in 2017 and both from the garden! I just love the sporadic ways of mothing at times.

Catch Report - 20/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap – Full cloud cover mild with a minimum of 9c

Macro Moths

1x Angle Shades [NFY]
1x Oak-tree Pug [NFY]
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart [NFY] 
3x Brindled Pug
2x Clouded Drab
1x Common Quaker
2x Hebrew Character 
1x Nut-tree Tussock

Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Epiphyas postvittana

Catch Report - 21/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap – Cloudy but clearing then rain early morning, mild at first - min 8c

Macro Moths

1x Garden Carpet [NFY]
1x Brindled Beauty
1x Common Quaker
1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x V-Pug

Micro Moths

1x Anthophila fabriciana [NFY] - Daytime

Brindled Beauty

Garden Carpet

Oak-tree Pug

Shuttle-shaped Dart


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