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

Saturday 26 January 2019

Dark mornings and a dark moth!

3 moths of 2 species here last night in Stevenage, North Herts. Of note was my first melanic Pale Brindled Beauty for 6 years!.

Chestnut was the 6th species of the year so far.

Minumum 8c but rather windy.

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


Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 2

Pale Brindled Beauty melanic


  1. I have a question and hopefully someone can answer it for me here, as my searches on google have not helped. I live in Panama City florida and was hit by hurricane Michael. As I was cleaning up my yard and downed trees, I found 3 cocoons that were not damaged. I have brought them in my house and have them in a container. 2 are hanging and 1 was not on a branch. The one that was not on the branch looked a little crushed, so I carefully opened it to make sure it was still alive. It moves on its own when I touch it, but it has been over 3 months since I found them. Most information I have found says they usually take 21 days at most to hatch. Is it possible for it to take more than 3 months and them hatch and live?

  2. Hi there. They probably won't hatch until spring or summer, f you keep them indoors, then they will hatch a lot quicker due to the higher ambient temperature. Just keep them in a moist but not wet environment and they all should hatch. Good luck!