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 30 December 2018

Wrapping up the year from the start of November until Christmas and beyond

Here are some catches from my garden trap from the last two months, not a great deal to report.

All of the usual suspects were added to the year list, starting with December Moth on the 3rd of November then Mottled Umber on the 09th and Scarce Umber on the 14th with Winter Moth the last (So far) species of the year on the 01st of December.

I've omitted one particular species, as I feel it needs a special mention.
A Juniper Carpet trapped on the 04th of November was not only a first for my garden, but a first for my mothing career that now spans 12 full years of recording.

I'm still running my twin actinic trap on warmer nights in vain hope of a few species that are missing from garden list this year....Grey Shoulder-knot isn't on it yet this year, Dotted Chestnut has never been recorded in 6 years and the most outside chance of a Black-spotted Chestnut is always at the back of my mind!

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 529.

Below are the highlights and new for year species.

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


Yellow-line Quaker x1
November Moth x3
Large Yellow Underwing x1
Merveille du Jour x1
Sprawler x3
Acleris sparsana x1
Epiphyas postvittana x1


December Moth x1 [NFY]
November Moth x6
Large Yellow Underwing x1
Barred Sallow x1
Feathered Thorn x3
Sprawler x5
Acleris sparsana x1
Epiphyas postvittana x3
Acleris schalleriana x1


Juniper Carpet x1 [NFG]
Merveille du Jour x1
Red-green Carpet x1
Feathered Thorn x1
Yellow-line Quaker x2
Sprawler x5
Emmelina monodactyla x1


Pleuroptya ruralis x1 (Latest ever record)


Dark Sword-grass x1
Plutella xylostella x1
Carcina quercana x1
Tachystola acroxantha x1


Mottled Umber x1


Scarce Umber x3 [NFY]


Winter Moth x10
Feathered Thorn x1
Mottled Umber x1
Scarce Umber x1
December Moth x7
Yellow-line Quaker x1
Red-green Carpet x1
November Moth x1


Winter Moth x3 [New For Season]


Silver Y x2
Acleris notana/ferrugana x1


Winter Moth x1
Mottled Umber x1


Mottled Umber x3
Winter Moth x3
Epiphyas postvittana x1

21/12/18 - Daytime finds - Plashes Wood

Winter Moth Males x100+
Winter Moth Females x16
Northern Winter Moth Males x2
Narycia duplicella Cases x5


Mottled Umber x3

December Moth

Acleris notana/ferrugana

Silver Y

Winter Moth Female

Juniper Carpet

Mottled Umber

Mottled Umber

Winter Moth

Northern Winter Moth

Winter Moth Female

Narycia duplicella

Scarce Umber

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