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 27 April 2020

A record April species count

19 species were recorded in my small garden last night, 2 more than my best previous catch in April. What's more, a magnificient 8 were new for the year! Crazy for here and a great show of micros early to the trap before 10pm.

Lovely to also get a Lime Hawk-moth, my first Hawk this year. The photo really doesn't do it justice on how green it is.

A very dark Argyrotaenia ljungiana was in mint condition along with a pair of Tachystola acroxantha.

I also attracted my earliest Heart & Dart by 16 days, every year they have been getting a couple of days earlier, this being the biggest jump.

All moths were potted up and walked a few hundred metres from my garden along the bridlepath so hopefully I won't re-catch any of them.

I would have a night off, but the weather looks pretty good if not warmer and with actual cloud for once, traps on!

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 89.

30 moths of 19 species to 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 6.2c at 5:30am

Catch Report - 26/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Angle Shades 1 [NFY]
Common Pug 1 [NFY]
Heart & Dart 1 [NFY]
Lime Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]

Waved Umber 1
Brindled Pug 3
Double-striped Pug 1
Frosted Green 1
Least Black Arches 1
Nut-tree Tussock 5
Pebble Prominent 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4

Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 1 [NFY]
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1 [NFY]
Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1 [NFY]
Tachystola acroxantha 2 [NFY]

Adela reamurella 1 (in the trap)
Emmelina monodactlya 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Esperia sulphurella 2 (daytime)

Angle Shades

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Common Pug

Heart & Dart

Lime Hawk-moth

Tachystola acroxantha

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