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

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Another cool night but not as bad as I thought

Last night was a bit cool for June, heck as I got into my car at 6:30am, I had to put the heater on as I sat there in a short-sleeved top.
6 degrees is rarther cold for this time of year and it dipped to 5.5c at just before 5am here.

The moth activity was reducd, but by not that much suprisingly and possibly owing to the time of year with a possible 300 odd species to catch currently.

So it was pleasing to add a further two new species for the year, including only the 4th garden record of Shark, what a great looking moth (and name).

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 220.

125w MV Robinson Trap min 5.5c at 5:00am 

Catch Report - 08/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Mottled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Shark 1 [NFY]
Buff Ermine 1
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 2
Freyer's Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Heart & Dart 8
Uncertain 2
Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

Anania hortulata 3
Celypha lacunana 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 1
Evergestis forficalis 1

Evergestis forficalis

Mottled Beauty



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