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 2 September 2019

Waaay way back in August!

Multiple catches combined now as i've really had no time for moths lately.

Here is a summary of findings between the 09th and the 17th of August from my back garden here in Stevenage. 

The 9th of August saw two new micro moths for my garden appear... one that i've been waiting for, for a long time! Monopis weaverella is a common moth out and about from my experience, but it's taken me since August 2012 to add it to the garden list, crazy!

The second moth was a lot more unexpected, Roeslerstammia erxlebella was new to me only this year and found during the daytime and at night during our moth forays at Bramfield Woods, it was great to trap one in my garden.

Cydia amplana was a great second record of this migrant Tortrix, last seen in 2014 here.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 413.

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


Macro Moths

None Recorded!

Micro Moths

Coleophora sp 2 TBC
Monopis weaverella 1 [NFG]
Roeslerstammia erxlebella 1 [NFG]

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


Macro Moths

Orange Swift 2 [NFY]
Square-spotted Clay 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Cochylimorpha straminea 1 [NFY]

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


Macro Moths

Old Lady 2 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Stigmella sp 1 TBC
Cydia amplana 1 [NFY]
Grapholita janthinana 1 [NFY]

Cochylimorpha straminea

Coleophora sp

Cydia amplana

Grapholita janthinana

Monopis weaverella

Old Lady

Orange Swift

Roeslerstammia erxlebella

Square-spotted Clay

Stigmella sp

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