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 28 June 2020

Catch report - 17/06/20

Starting to work through my catch reports from the last ten days here in Stevenage, North Herts.. some really great catches and even new species for the garden.

I start way back on the 17th of June!

An array of usual suspects graced the 250w lighthouse trap (owing to how bright the damn thing is).

Best moth of the night was a stunning Leopard Moth, a species that isn't annual here.

Less stunning, was a really Battered Burnished Brass, usually such a pretty species...poor thing.

Another notable moth was a form of Heart & Club that I've never seen before.

And to finish, two forms of Spilonota ocellana were trapped and were compared with a specimen of Spilonota laricana beaten from Larch out in woodland last week.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 278.

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 12c at 4:00am

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 17/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Beautiful Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Burnished Brass 1 [NFY]
Fan-foot 1 [NFY]
Leopard Moth 1 [NFY]

Scarce Footman 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Hypsopygia glaucinalis 1 [NFY]

Spilonota ocellana 2 [NFY]
Zeiraphera isertana 1 [NFY]

Beautiful Hook-tip

Burnished Brass


Heart & Club aberration

Hypsopygia glaucinalis

Leopard Moth

Scarce Footman

Spilonota ocellana

Spilonota ocellana

Zeiraphera isertana

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