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

Tuesday 23 May 2017

A stonker of a catch

With favourable weather dominating over the weekend and into the start of the week, the moths from the night before were walked a distance from the trap to keep the re-capture rate to a minimal and the trap was once again switched on at approximately 9.30pm.
Come the morning at an early 5am I was pleased to actually have to do a bit of writing! 

Best moth of the night for me was found by my wife on the inside of our French doors! Capua vulgana, a typical woodland moth that feeds on Bilberry and Rowan hedges. 

Also it was good to add the day-fling Micro Nematopogon schwarziellus to my garden list, attracted to the trap early evening.

These two additions bring my Garden Micro Moth list to 284.

It was also nice to record a Campion, not a common moth for me.

Catch Report - 21/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Campion [NFY]
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFY] 
1x Cabbage Moth
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common Pug
1x Common Swift
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet 
1x Heart & Dart
2x Mottled Pug 
1x Orange Footman
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-ground Carpet 
1x Silver-Y
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot

Micro Moths

2x Capua vulgana [NFG]
1x Nematopogon schwarziellus [NFG] 
1x Celpypha lacunana [NFY]
1x Parornix sp [NFY]
7x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Mompha epilobiella 
1x Notocelia cynosbatella


Capua vulgana

Parornix sp

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