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 24 June 2019

Full steam ahead!

What a night Friday was, warm, muggy and with a bit of cloud cover and no moon it was all shaping up to be a  good night.
Indeed it was, and come Saturday morning at the crack of dawn (4:30am) the trap was positively busy for my garden.
With 14! New for year species and two of those completely new for the garden.

Both Archips crataegana and Cedestis subfasciella were the new species for the garden, the latter not really expected considering how little Coniferous Woodland is in the vicinity.

Anthophila fabriciana was also added to the year list in the daytime, whilst gardening on the Saturday.

The weather is set, and has been extremely warm in recent days, with 27 degrees reported here today.

As always, only enough time to list the new for year species.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 209.

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


Macro Moths

Blotched Emerald 1 [NFY]
Haworth's Pug 1 [NFY]
Light Arches 1 [NFY]
Least Carpet 1 [NFY]
Pale Oak Beauty 1 [NFY]
Smoky Wainscot 1 [NFY]
Varied Coronet 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Anthophila fabriciana 1 [NFY]
Archips crataegana 1 [NFY]
Archips podana 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia albistria 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFY]
Cedestis subfasciella 1 [NFG]
Euzophera pinguis 1 [NFY]
Prays fraxinella 1 [NFY]

Anthophila fabriciana

Archips crataegana

Argyresthia albistria

Blotched Emerald

Cedestis subfasciella

Euzophera pinguis

Haworth's Pug

Light Arches

Varied Coronet

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