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

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Another new garden moth - Sloe Pug!

Still a little behind (as usual).
This is Saturday night's new for year species, 

It's nice to finally see good numbers of the smaller (and quite often), prettier moths turning up in the trap, both Anania hortulata, the Small Magpie and Ectoedemia decentella gave that welcome splash of colour from both ends of the micro-moth size spectrum!

Best moth of the night went of course to the moth in the title, the Sloe Pug. A moth that I only added to my UK list last year, at the end of May from a field trip to Ashwell Quarry, to get it on the garden list is fabulous and I am now just 3 species off the 700 mark for the garden overall.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 126.

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


Macro Moths

Knot Grass 1 [NFY]
Sloe Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Anania hortulata 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha affinis 1 [NFY]
Bucculatrix ulmella 3 [NFY]
Ectoedemia decentella 1 [NFY]

Knot Grass

Sloe Pug

Ectoedemia decentella

Bucculatrix ulmella

Bryotropha affinis

Anania hortulata

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