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 17 August 2019

02/08/19 & 04/08/19 - Double post to catch up.

A double post to try and get caught up with my catch reports.

Luckily things have slowed down somewhat (Sadly as well, as lots of moths is great!), this allows me to input more data and compare species trends etc, something I don't have much time during peak moth season.

A very quiet night on the 02nd of August, with just a late arrival of a Nutmeg, a moth I usually only see in singletons in Spring, so unsual to see the second brood. The night was a little cooler and the daytime temperature only reached 21 degrees.

On Sunday the 4th it was a bit warmer during the day and upto 25c, but with showers on and off but increasingly muggy towards the evening.
4 new for years were recorded, and one was very overdue and a first for my garden, Argyresthia bonnetella a Hawthorn feeder. It was a shame that it had seen better days.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 398.

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


Macro Moths

Nutmeg 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

No new micros for the year

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


Macro Moths

Barred Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Buff Footman 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Argyresthia bonnetella 1 [NFG]
Gelechia senticetella 1 [NFY]

Gelechia senticetella

Argyresthia bonnetella

Barred Hook-tip


Buff Footman

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