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

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Latest from the garden trap

Just 5 moths last night! and again of 5 species, exactly the same as the previous night (weird) and pretty poor, but it was nice to add two new species for the year and both were unexpected which was a bonus, the first for how early it is, a Grey Dagger.

The second, a lovely Herald that is far from annual here and has to be one of the best looking moths this time of the year.

In the afternoon I tripped stupidly over the garden broom, racing to get the net that I always have by the back door.
I could see something flying 'moth like' in the sunshine, my prediction was correct, a year first Esperia sulphurella was the culprit, sadly it was quite tatty and had lost a lot of it's beautiful scales.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 65.

5 moths of 5 species to 125w MV Robinson Trap

Catch Report - 21/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Grey Dagger sp 1 [NFY]

Herald 1 [NFY]
Common Quaker 1
Early Thorn 1
Hebrew Character 1

Micro Moths - Daytime

Esperia sulphurella 1 [NFY]

Grey Dagger sp

Esperia sulphurella


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