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 25 January 2020

Dotted Border and a rather smart Acleris

I ran my trap on Thursday night here in Stevenage and was rewarded by a year first Dotted Border and two other moths, a Spring Usher and Pale Brindled Beauty, during quite mild conditions initially and then it got cold and misty.
Last night I ran the same Actinic trap again and was pleased to see a few more moths, 3 again! singles of Pale Brindled Beauty, Chestnut (The only moth in the trap for some weeks now) and a really smart looking Acleris notana/ferrugana.

Acleris notana/ferrugana are fairly regular in my garden from late August until April and come in a few forms, this being my favourite.

I get both the Birch and Oak feeders here from previous dissections, so I tend to lump them together now for the yearly tally.

The next few nights could still be worth switching on here with minimums of around 6c.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 10.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage

23/01/20 - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Dotted Border 1 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 1
Spring Usher 1

24/01/20 - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Chestnut 1
Pale Brindled Beauty 1

Micro Moths 

Acleris notana/ferrugana 1

Acleris notana ferrugana

Dotted Border