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 22 June 2019

Mothing improves somewhat!

Well, with warming daytime temperatures, things have gone a bit mad here with a succession of new for year species entering the trap.
Nights early on last week were still a little on the cool side, particularly after midnight but it didn't seem to impact Monday and Tuesday night's catches, with well over 30 species on each outing.

Highlights were only my second garden record of Broken-barred Carpet which was sadly rather worn (the first only last year), and a stunning Small Waved Umber.

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

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 186. 

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


Macro Moths

Broken-barred Carpet 1 [NFY]
Dwarf Cream Wave 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]


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


Macro Moths

Mottled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Riband Wave 3 [NFY]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Chrysoteuchia culmella 1 [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella 1 [NFY]
Spilonota ocellana 1 [NFY]

Broken-barred Carpet

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Dwarf Cream Wave

Homoeosoma sinuella

Pandemis cerasana

Small Waved Umber

Spilonota ocellana

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