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

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Scraping at the barrel...

Quite literally, and just bits and bobs from my garden recently.

On the 20/03/20 I found 4 Diplodoma laichartingella larvae in my garden, I don't often see the adult (Just twice before) All cases were exited sadly, maybe older than last years.. who knows.

Last night (30/03/20), I blanked. 
Well I thought I did. Setting up this evening for another cold night I was just putting the actinic tubes together on the cross-member and a really tired Satellite fell into the paml of my hand! 

I'll take that, it not only saved me from a blank but it was also a new moth for the year.

The third interesting thing, was that after sighting several Ruby Tiger caterpillars crawling across the patio since last October, it was great to find a cocoon attached to one of our outside chairs, the pupa is wiggling well and I look forward to it emerging soon.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 30. 

Diplodoma laichartingella

Ruby Tiger Pupa


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