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

Another pretty good night species wise

Yesterday was another warm day with highs around 24 degrees, in fact the night did not get below 10c which is very pleasing.
Today the temperature reached 16c at around midday before plummeting to 9c by the afternoon (this rarely happens) as a cold front swept further south.
This whole week until possibly Saturday, looks far too cold to be trapping with possible frosts.

The last 3 nights really has been a burst of fresh emergences and close to 30 species have been added to the year list.  

Pale Oak Beauty was my earliest ever by 19 days, and Hedya pruniana was my earliest ever by 18 days respectively.
Amazingly I missed out on Green Carpet last year here... a common moth, so it was nice to get one on the board last night.

My son was very interested in some of the catch whilst I went through the trap again after his breakkfast.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 120.

28 moths of 14 species to 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 10c at 4:30am

Catch Report - 09/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts 

Macro Moths

Green Carpet 1 [NFY]
Maiden's Blush 1 [NFY]
Mottled Pug 1 NFY] 
Orange Footman 1 [NFY] 
Pale Oak Beauty 1 [NFY]
Chocolate-tip 1
Brimstone Moth 2
Heart & Dart 4
Nut-tree Tussock 3

Shuttle-shaped Dart 4

Micro Moths

Hedya pruniana 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter leucographella 1 [NFY]
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFY]
Epiphyas postvittana 6

Epiphyas postvittana - Female

Epiphyas postvittana - Female

Green Carpet

Hedya pruniana

Maiden's Blush

Mottled Pug

Orange Footman

Pale Oak Beauty

Phyllonorycter leucographella

Tinea trinotella

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