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

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Warmer calmer night yields a better catch including a new for garden micro

On Sunday it was of course Father's Day, and after a busy day seeing both sides of the family, the trap was switched on when I returned home.

A muggy and warmer night, with lighter winds was on the cards but it did cool down a little more than predicted and we lost the humidity with lows of 11c. 

8 new for year species were recorded including a new for garden record.

I was convinced I had recorded the odd little 'white eye-capped' Opostega salaciella before, but I got mixed up with taking it on a field trip and in France on holiday, a nice feeling to know that I was wrong and that it was indeed to be the 344th species of Micro Moth for the garden

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 177. 

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


Macro Moths

Barred Yellow 1 [NFY]
Brown Rustic 2 [NFY]
Common White Wave 1 [NFY]
Small Dusty Wave 1 [NFY]
Straw Dot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY]
Lozotaenia forsterana 1 [NFY]
Opostega salaciella 1 [NFG]

Opostega salaciella

Barred Yellow

Brown Rustic

Common White Wave

Eudonia mercurella

Small Dusty Wave

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