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

Sunday 16 July 2017

Latest from the traps.

Wednesday night was quite warm and muggy and was a good catch for the garden trap with several excellent species.

It was nice to record the other BLBE, Brown-line Bright-eye, only a second garden record and last seen in 2014.

But the big surprise was recording 4 new species for the garden taking the moth species total of the garden in 5 years to 618 species, phenomenal.

Fen Wainscot being the best, a typically common species in wetland habitat but with the warm weather these damper speciality moths disperse.

Also the year first Square-spot Rustic was one of my earliest ever records and it was ridiculously tiny as well.

The weather from Sunday is set to get warm again and lasting into the middle of next week so the trap will be out to take advantage of this.

Catch Report - 12/07/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths

1x Fen Wainscot [NFG]
1x Brown-line Bright-eye [NFY]
1x Buff Footman [NFY]
1x Dingy Footman [NFY]
1x Large Twin-spot Carpet [NFY] 
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Maple Pug [NFY]
1x Ruby Tiger [NFY] 
1x Satin Beauty [NFY] 
1x Small Rivulet [NFY]
1x Square-spot Rustic [NFY]
1x Beautiful Hook-tip
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Clouded Border 
3x Common Footman
5x Common Rustic 
6x Dark Arches
4x Dot Moth
2x Double Square-spot
1x Early Thorn 
1x Elephant Hawk-moth
2x Heart & Dart
1x Latticed Heath
5x Least Carpet
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing 
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Mottled Beauty
1x Mottled Rustic
3x Nut-tree Tussock 
1x Pale Prominent
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Purple Thorn
7x Riband Wave
1x Rustic
2x Scalloped Oak
1x Scorched Carpet
1x September Thorn
2x Silver-Y
2x Slender Brindle
2x Small Fan-footed Wave 
2x Smoky Wainscot
7x Uncertain
2x Yellow-tail
Micro Moths

1x Bryotropha senectella [NFG] 
1x Phyllonorycter maestingella [NFG]
1x Rhyacionia pinicolana [NFG]
1x Agapeta hamana [NFY]
1x Agriphila straminella [NFY]
1x Cochylis hybridella [NFY]
1x Ypsolopha sequella [NFY]
1x Acleris forsskaleana
1x Alucita hexadactyla
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Coleophora sp 
2x Celypha striana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
7x Endotricha flammealis
5x Eudonia lacustrata
4x Eudonia mercurella
2x Carcina quercana
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
4x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Pyrausta aurata
6x Spilonota ocellana

Agriphila straminella

Brown-line Bright-eye

Phyllonorycter maestingella

Satin Beauty

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Bryotropha senectella

Rhyacionia pinicolana

Small Rivulet

Dingy Footman

Fen Wainscot

Latticed Heath

Square-spot Rustic

Ypsolopha sequella



  1. I had first for garden Fen Wainscot earlier in the month too. Hope more wet stuff is on the move as they are the most obvious gaps in my list !

  2. I had first for garden Fen Wainscot earlier in the month too. Hope more wet stuff is on the move as they are the most obvious gaps in my list !