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 14 October 2019

September Garden Mothing Round-up

Massively far behind now due to various reasons!

This is my highlights from September all rolled into one compact(ish) post.

Starting right at the end of August until the 30th of September

I went from the 27th of August to the 11th of September to get a new for year species, an incredibly long time to wait for anything different.

Highlights were...

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage

26/08/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Centre-barred Sallow 1 [NFY]
Frosted Orange 1 [NFY]
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Coleophora alcyonipennella 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha alpella 1 [NFY]

27/08/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Stenolechia gemmella 1 [NFY]

02/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Pearly Underwing 1 (Second for the year)

11/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Brindled Green 1 [NFY]
Acleris sparsana 1 [NFY]
Cameraria ohridella 1 [NFY]

14/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Lunar Underwing 1 [NFY]
Dichrorampha acuminatana 1 [NFY]

15/09/19 - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Barred Sallow 1 [NFY]
Deep-brown Dart 2 [NFY]
Yellow-line Quaker 1 [NFY]
Epinotia tenerana 3 [NFY]
Udea ferrugalis 2 [NFY]

16/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Sallow 2 inc f.flavescens [NFY]

19/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Mallow 1 [NFY]

21/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Four-spotted Footman 1 [NFY]

23/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Beaded Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Brown-spot Pinion 1 [NFY]
Large Ranunculus 1 [NFY]

24/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Black Rustic 1 [NFY]
Orange Sallow 1 [NFY]

26/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Chestnut 2 [Season first]

27/09/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Merveille du Jour 2 [NFY]
Red-green Carpet 3 [NFY]

30/09/19 - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1 [NFY]
Depressaria badiella 1 [NFY]
Ypsolopha ustella 1 [NFY]

Ypsolopha ustella

Barred Sallow

Beaded Chestnut


Cacoecimorpha pronubana


Deep-brown Dart


Large Ranunculus

Four-spotted Footman

Dichrorampha acuminatana

Depressaria badiella

Merveille du Jour

Pearly Underwing

Red-green Carpet

Sallow f.flavescens

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