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 1 February 2020

Two new for year species over two nights

Things are still very slow here in my garden in North Herts, despite the warm nights it just has been far too windy.
Nevertheless it's been worth popping the trap out and chancing my arm to see what might brave the blustery conditions.

There was just one moth in the Actinic trap on Wednesday night, but at least it was something different, the typical late Winter micro that is Tortricodes alternella.
A night later and I added three more and a couple of Macros.

Last night looked to be the pick of the nights temperature-wise, but scuppered by winds once again.

3 species were found in anf around the trap, and included a year first Oak Beauty.

That was January and my god it's dragged!

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 12.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage

29/01/20 - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Tortricodes alternella 1 [NFY]

30/01/20 - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Chestnut 1
Pale Brindled Beauty 1

Micro Moths 

Tortricodes alternella 3

31/01/20 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Oak Beauty 1 [NFY]
Chestnut 1
Pale Brindled Beauty 1


Oak Beauty

Pale Brindled Beauty

Tortricodes alternella

1 comment:

  1. Got first Tortricodes alternella last night. Moths are getting slightly better now, which is similar to your situation.