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

Saturday 16 May 2020

Back to garden trapping

After some bitterly cold nights, it was lights on last night... but it was still obly a shade under 4 degrees this morning at 5:30am.
Hopefully night time temperatures are on the rise, and are set to stick around for at least a couple of weeks which is great.
Despite the cool drop, I still managed 12 moths of 8 species plus two day flying micro moths disturbed from our conifer tree (which were both new for the year).

The only moth new for the year in the trap, was a really fresh Buff Ermine, an annual visitor here in small numbers.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 124.

13 moths of 9 species to 125w MV Robinson Trap min 3.8c at 5:30am

Catch Report - 15/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts 

Macro Moths

Buff Ermine 1[NFY]
Brimstone Moth 2
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2

Micro Moths

Phyllonorycter sp 1 (to check)
Parornix sp 1 (to check)
Epiphyas postvittana 1


Argyresthia trifasciata 1 [NFY]
Phyllonorycter nicellii 1 [NFY]

Argyresthia trifasciata

Buff Ermine

Parornix sp

Phyllonorycter nicellii

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