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 1 April 2017

Last night of March heralds a new species!

After a fantastic catch out in the field it was back to a much smaller catch come Saturday morning, nonetheless it was certainly quality over quantity with 3 new for year species, 1 of which is completely new for my garden...(and no it wasn't a Herald, although I still haven't had a 2017 record yet), Ypsolopha mucronella.

This particular moth being only the 4th specimen I have ever taken with previous records as follows

Hatfield Broad Oak             - 26/02/2009
Hatfield Broad Oak             - 03/04/2009
Braughing Friars Farmland - 01/03/2012

It was great to see Purple Thorn as well as Streamer
Purple Thorn is an uncommon moth for my garden with just two previous records, one each in 2013 and 2014.  

All in all, a small catch but quality over quantity which I will happily take any day.

Catch Report - 31/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Broken cloud and cooler min 8c

Macro Moths

1x Purple Thorn [NFY]
1x Streamer [NFY]
2x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
7x Hebrew Character
Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha mucronella [NFG]
1x Diurnea fagella
2x Emmelina monodactlya

Purple Thorn


Ypsolopha mucronella

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