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

Sunday 15 March 2020

Latest from the garden moth trap in March

Well, the storms seems to have finally eased. We have had three solid weeks of either high winds or heavy rain, and in most instances, both at the same time!

Therefore trapping has been sporadic and unsuccesful on certain attempts on warm nights.

From the 23rd of February until the 10th of March, I attempted 3 times, 2 were blanks and the other I managed just two Common Quakers.

The 10th of March faired much better with a day-time mean temperature of 14c and a low of 8c at night, it seemed a good idea to fire up the trap once more.
A modest catch of 17 moths of 7 species was still very pleasing for here.
The biggest surprise was my earliest Epermenia chaerophyllella, by 28 days, a regular here in my garden with both broods usually turning up.

Last night I ran it again and was pleasantly surprised to record 4 new for year species, Twin-spotted Quaker the best, a rare moth here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 22.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

10/03/20 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Common Quaker 4
Small Quaker 1  
Hebrew Character 7
March Moth 2
Oak Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Epermenia chaerophyllella 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

14/03/20 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Clouded Drab 3 [NFY]

Twin-spotted Quaker 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 6  
Hebrew Character 10  
March Moth 3 
Oak Beauty 3
Small Quaker 3

Micro Moths

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1 [NFY]
Diurnea fagella 1 [NFY]

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Clouded Drab

Clouded Drab

Diurnea fagella

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Twin-spotted Quaker

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