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 2 March 2019

The March of the Orthosia at the end of February

As we creep quietly into March, it seems much further through the year than it should be. The warm weather has given us false pretense and we could still see temperatures plummet once more...who knows!
It was this time last year, a week after our Son was born, that the 'Beast from the East' struck. 
I wonder whether March will be 'In like a Lion and out like a Lamb', as this time of year should not be warm for the sake of Wildlife.

Temperatures have hit record levels here, just shy of 20c on Wednesday, but cooling down quite considerably past midnight and most mornings being between 3c and 6c.
The trap has been heaving by my garden standards, with the highest amount of Common Quaker's ever recorded here (44 on Wednesday).

I have pleasingly also added 3 species to the year list and also found a Female Diurnea fagella where I work, a first for me.
Small Brindled Beauty being the highlight, 2 examples on back to back nights was superb. They are only my 2nd and 3rd garden records!

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 27.

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


Macro Moths

Small Brindled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 2
Clouded Drab 4
Common Quaker 44
Dotted Border 2
Hebrew Character 3
March Moth 7
Small Quaker 14

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

28/02/19 - Daytime - Ware

Diurnea fagella - Female 1 [New for me]

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


Macro Moths

Early Grey 1 [NFY]
Pine Beauty 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 3 Common Quaker 15
Hebrew Character 6 Satellite 1
Small Brindled Beauty 1
Small Quaker 9

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla

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


Macro Moths

Chestnut 1 Common Quaker 18
Hebrew Character 5
Small Quaker 5
Twin-spotted Quaker 1

Micro Moths

Tortricodes alternella

Common Quaker

Common Quaker

Diurnea fagella - Female

Early Grey

Pine Beauty

Small Brindled Beauties

Twin-spotted Quaker