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 19 May 2019

And back to cold and misty conditions

Yep, after yesterday night's better weather, last night dipped to a chilly 5c, so there weren't many moths to my trap at all.

Argyresthia trifasciata was a good find before lighting up, not many records for my garden, unfortunately it had already bitten the dust by the time I got round to photographing it.

And I also got my earliest ever White-point which was pleasing.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 85.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

White-point 1 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 2
Garden Carpet 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2

Micro Moths

Argyresthia trifasciata 1 [NFY]
Cauchas rufimitrella 2 [NFY]
Parornix sp 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 2

In the garden this afternoon, 4x Pyrausta aurata milling about and the first Cauchas rufimitrella found nectaring in the sunshine, not easy to photograph because of the wind! 

Argyresthia trifasciata

Pyrausta aurata

Parornix sp

Cauchas rufimitrella


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