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 29 June 2020

Another great garden catch

Another good catch last Monday night, around 40 species which is pretty good for here.

Warm days continued with temperatures peaking at around 25 degrees and lows of 14, perfect for mothing!

10 new for years was pleasing indeed, two confirmed by dissection, using my basic kit and a 20x hand lens and a bit of patience.
I picked out a jet black Rustic out of 5 in total, it was indeed a typical Lesser Common. Tawny Marbled is another that is fairly doable just brushing the end of the abdomen with a fine paint brush, another species added to the year list. 

Best moth of the night was a third garden record of Small Clouded Brindle, a bit of a shabby specimen unfortunately.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 295.

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 14c at 5:00am

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 22/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Common Rustic 4 [NFY]

Lesser Common Rustic 1 [NFY]
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Small Clouded Brindle 1 [NFY]
Tawny Marbled Minor 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Anania coronata 2 [NFY]

Eudonia lacustrata 2 [NFY]
Lozotaeniodes formosana 1 [NFY]
Spilonota laricana 1 [NFY]


Anthophila fabriciana 1 [NFY] Found on Nettle patch in alleyway

Anania coronata

Common Rustic

Eudonia lacustrata

Lesser Common Rustic

Lozotaeniodes formosana

Scalloped Oak

Small Clouded Brindle

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