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

Friday 2 June 2017

Last outing in the garden

Another catch and from last Sunday now before I went away.

A much bigger catch including a new species for me Argyresthia glabratella/laevigatella which needs to be dissected to be 100% sure.
Other nice moths were the regular Beautiful Golden-Y and a couple of bright Green Silver-lines and a very good record for the garden, only my second ever Brown Silver-line with my first recrd being two years ago in 2015...there really isn't much Bracken around here unfortunately.

18 new species for the year was excellent.

Another moth worth mentioning was also only the second record for the garden and last seen in 2013, a stunning Flame Carpet.

I also got another Pammene, this time the more common Pammene regiana turned up, a year first all the same.

The weather continues to be quite warm but with cooler night time temperatures expected as of today as we move into June!

Catch Report - 28/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Beautiful Golden-Y [NFY]
1x Brown Silver-line [NFY]
2x Buff-tip [NFY]
1x Flame Carpet [NFY]
2x Green Silver-lines [NFY] 
1x Large Yellow Underwing [NFY] 
1x Pale Oak Beauty [NFY]
1x Shears [NFY]
1x Small Square-spot [NFY]
1x Straw Dot [NFY]
1x Turnip Moth [NFY]
1x Angle Shades
1x Cabbage Moth
3x Common Swift
7x Heart & Dart 
3x Large Nutmeg
1x Light Emerald
2x Marbled Minor
3x Orange Footman
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart 
2x Silver-Y
1x Snout
1x Spectacle
4x Vine's Rustic
1x White Ermine
1x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Argyresthia glabratella/laevigatella [NEW!]
1x Bryotropha terrella [NFY]
1x Cameraria ohridella [NFY]
1x Crambus lathoniellus [NFY] 
1x Cydia fagiglandana [NFY]
1x Epinotia bilunana [NFY]
1x Pammene regiana [NFY]
3x Anania hortulata 
1x Blastobasis lacticolella
2x Celypha lacunana
1x Esperia sulphurella
1x Notocelia cynosbatella
1x Plutella xylostella
2x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Scoparia ambigualis

Argyresthia glabratella/laevigatella

Beautiful Golden-Y

Brown Silver-line


Common Swift

Cydia fagiglandana

Epinotia bilunana

Green Silver-lines

Pale Tussock

Pammene regiana

Small Square-spot

Turnip Moth

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