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

Monday 3 June 2019

A nice boost in numbers

Last Thursday was a warm day, and I have scheduled to go out on a field trip, but furing the day at work I felt worse and worse and by the evening I was extremely dizzy and sick so I had to cancel.

Of course, I was just well enough to line a round tub with egg trays and flick a switch! 

The result for staggering down the stairs at 5:30am was quite pleasing through dizzy and bleary eyes. 

It was a warmish night with lows of 13c but with a clear sky.

9 species were added to the garden list, all expected ones.

Phyllonorycter leucographella, was probably the most notable moth for my garden with only 3 previous records and last seen 4 years ago, this was an odd one with conjoining white bands.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 139.

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


Macro Moths

Cinnabar 1 [NFY]
Common Marbled Carpet 1 [NFY]
Dark Arches 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Crambus lathoniellus 1 [NFY]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY]
Mompha epilobiella 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1 [NFY]
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1 [NFY]
Syndemis musculana 1 [NFY]

Dark Arches

Hedya nubiferana

Phyllonorycter leucographella

Syndemis musculana

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