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 10 May 2020

A BIG catch for here

Well on Friday it was balmy and calm and we also had cloud bubbling up creating a very humid late afternoon, the paddling pool was out for my son and it was ice creams all round.

By 8pm I was setting up the trap ready to be swiched on at around at 9.

I opted to go all out and pop the 250w clear bulb ontop of the Robinson Trap.

During the evening and until midnight, I was in and out checking the trap and potting anything new or interesting. The best moth early on was a garden first Seraphim.
Seraphim is a fairly common moth out and about for me, so I was very pleased that one came to me for a change, especially during lockdown!
That makes it 734 species for the garden now since August 2012.

It was great to see so many species of micro moth, something a muggy night always produces, they were easy to pot up in the funnel as the night went on.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 113.

41 moths of  25 species to 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 11c at 5:00am

Catch Report - 08/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts 

Macro Moths

Seraphim 1 [NFG]

Chocolate-tip 1 [NFY] 
Iron Prominent 1 [NFY]
Pale Tussock 1 [NFY]
Spectacle 1 [NFY] 
Brimstone Moth 6
Brindled Pug 1
Buff-tip 1
Common Pug 2

Heart & Dart 1
Nut-tree Tussock 4

Oak-tree Pug 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 3

Micro Moths

Bucculatrix ulmella 2 [NFY]
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella 1 [NFY]
Eulia ministrana 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter blancardella 2 [NFY] 
Phyllonorycter harrisella 2 [NFY]
Syndemis musculana 1 [NFY]
Teleiodes luculella 1 [NFY] 
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Endrosis sarcitrella 1
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Tachystola acroxantha 1

Bucculatrix ulmella


Eulia ministrana

Iron Prominent

Pale Tussock

Phyllonorycter harrisella



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