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

Monday 18 May 2020

Warming up!

A warm day followed by a warm night, the cloud unfortunately rolled away shortly after dusk and it was a clear night (but moon-less luckily).
Despite the clear sky, the temperature remained good, and at 6am this morning (I got up a bit late) it was still 9 degrees.
22 species were noted in and around the trap, and I missed one micro which unfortunately escaped the jaws of a specimen pot.
Of those 22 species, 9 were new for the year list!

All were expected and usual early summer species.

Although I don't think i've ever seen such a pale Large Nutmeg before, scale perfect but ever so non-descript. 

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 134.

39 moths of 22 species to 250w MV Robinson Trap min 9c at 6:00am 

Catch Report - 17/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Cinnabar 1 [NFY]
Common Marbled Carpet 1 [NFY]
Large Nutmeg 1 [NFY]
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1 [NFY]

Spruce Carpet 1 [NFY]
Treble Lines 1 [NFY]
Turnip Moth 1 [NFY]
Vine's Rustic 1 [NFY]

Brimstone Moth 1
Brindled Pug 2
Buff-tip 1
Common Pug 1
Garden Carpet 4
Grey-pine Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 6
Pale Tussock 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot 5
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2

Micro Moths

Evergestis forficalis 1 [NFY]
Argyresthia trifasciata 1
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 1


Common Marbled Carpet

Evergestis forficalis

Large Nutmeg

Setaceous Hebrew Character

Treble Lines

Turnip Moth

Vine's Rustic

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