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

Monday 18 June 2018

Into June in the garden with a shock!

Things still ticking along nicely here in my back garden here in Stevenage.

Lovely warm weather of late, but nights are still sometimes a little on the breezy and cool side particularly after the recent storms.
8 new for year species were recorded, best of all a pristine Small Elephant Hawk-moth, not a common  species here, this being the 3rd in 6 years.

A little later on I was photographing the moths from the previous night when a wing caught my attention, it was not only any other moth wing, it was distinctive and I instantly recognised it as a Dewick's Plusia forewing, albeit missing the other 3 wings, body, head and antennae...drat.
Mixed emotions ensued, bitter happiness kind of described my feeling at the time.

It of course is a garden first and a good record for the County of this migrant species and certainly the most northerely recorded in the county of Herts. 

The trap continues to be run on most nights.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 160.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 01/06/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Dewick's Plusia [NFG]
Common Carpet
Middle-barred Minor
Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Treble Brown Spot
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Ephestia sp
Emmetia marginea

Dewick's Plusia

Ephestia sp

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Treble Brown Spot

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