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

Thursday 27 December 2018

October Mothing

Here are all of the highlights from  October in my garden to my 125w MV Robinson Trap, sometimes swapping over to the 40w Actinic on cooler nights.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 525.

Below are the highlights and new for year species.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Red-line Quaker - 02/10/18 - A regular Noctuid here in the garden, featuring all 6 Autumns here so far.

Feathered Thorn - 02/10/18 - Quite common this year in my garden with over 20 records spread over 5 weeks, quite variable as well, but alas no Female this year.

Red-green Carpet - 04/10/18 - A lovely fresh seasonal first of Red-green Carpet always adds a splash of colour on a murky morning.

November Moth - 04/10/18 - Should be renamed October Moth as I can't remember when I caught my first for the year actually in November, and with the years slowly warming up, they seem to be getting earlier and earlier as this one on the 04th showed.

Blood-vein - 04/10/18 - A lovely late season and possible third brood of the Bloo-vein was most welcome in the trap on a misty October morning.

Large Wainscot - 04/10/18 - A garden first of this predominantly wetland moth, well chuffed and after last months Bulrush Wainscot and a Southern Wainscot in July, i've caught up on a few of this group now which is very pleasing indeed. -[NFG]

Blair's Shoulder-knot - 09/10/18 - Just the one this year of this species, but one is all it takes to add it on to the year list! Never common here in my garden.

Epinotia tenerana - 12/10/18 - Another late moth, in fact my latest of this common species by 3 weeks.

Dusky-lemon Sallow - 13/10/18 - A worn specimen and only my second garden record of this nicely marked moth, last seen 5 years ago in my garden!

Sprawler - 17/10/18 - An annual visitor and really common this year with upto 10 on one night and over 35 individuals. 

Pleuroptya ruralis - 24/10/18 - An extremely late one and really fresh nodded to a third generation of yet another species, a nettle feeder.

Blair's Shoulder-knot


Dusky-lemon Sallow

Feathered Thorn

Large Wainscot

November Moth

Pleuroptya ruralis

Red-green Carpet

Red-line Quaker


Sprawler Pair

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