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 20 May 2020

A big boom on a clear, warm & windy night

An incredible night on Monday in the garden here in Stevenage, it was a bit blowy at times but warm with it, despite the clear skies.

The trap was 'busy' in and around it, once again not huge moth numbers, but a great variety of species and with 11 new ones for the year counted.

The best moth of the night was a Incurvaria oehlmanniella, only my second garden record and it was also good to record Toadflax Brocade again, a species that is getting quite regular here now in both broods.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 145.

47 moths of 31 species to 250w MV Robinson Trap min 10.5c at 4:30am 

Catch Report - 18/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Bright-line Brown-eye 1 [NFY]
Common Carpet 1 [NFY]
Marbled Minor sp 2 [NFY]
Mottled Rustic 1 [NFY]
Poplar Hawk-moth 1 [NFY] 
Red-green Carpet 1 [NFY]
Toadflax Brocade 1 [NFY]
White Ermine 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 2
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Large Nutmeg 3
Treble Lines 1
Vine's Rustic 5
Brimstone Moth 1
Common Pug 2
Garden Carpet 1
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 7
Pale Tussock 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot 3
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3

Micro Moths

Argyresthia spinosella 1 [NFY]
Incurvaria oehlmanniella 1 [NFY]
Udea olivalis 1 [NFY] 
Emmelina monodactyla 
Endrosis sarcitrella
Epiphyas postvittana 2

Parornix sp 1
Phyllonorycter nicellii 1
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 1
Tachystola acroxantha 1 

Argyresthia spinosella

Bright-line Brown-eye

Common Carpet

Incurvaria oehlmanniella

Marbled Minor sp

Mottled Rustic

Poplar Hawk-moth

Toadflax Brocade

Udea olivalis

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