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

Sunday 14 July 2019

Garden Trapping - 10/07/19

Well I thought I was further behind than I am (a slight relief).
This time last year I was around 3 weeks behind, so 4 days is nothing...I blame my new born son for last year's crazy behindness :D

On Wednesday it was another warm and muggy day, and the night was set to be much of the same, I was also very tired at 5am on Thursday morning going through the catch and probably missed a few bits and bobs.
Over 60 species once again, seems to be the average here for Summer and a fair few were newbies for the yearly list. 

For starter's I got a new moth for the garden, the pretty white Eucosma campoliliana. I've taken this moth many times before out on grassland. This is moth no.711 for my garden.

Coronet came in with a bang, 3 examples (and several more than that now) This use to be non-existant in the County, bar the far West around the Hemel area. It can now be found in most areas of Herts now.

Cydalima perspectalis showed up for the 3rd year running, it's increase is very apparent here.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 313.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Coronet 3 [NFY]
Small Emerald 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Cydalima perspectalis 2 [NFY]
Eucosma campoliliana 1 [NFG]
Pammene fasciana 1 [NFY]
Pyralis farinalis 1 [NFY]



Cydalima perspectalis

Eucosma campoliliana

Pammene fasciana

Pyralis farinalis

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