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 8 June 2020

Double post after cool, wet and windy conditions

The previous week was really bad for moths, I guess we had it all too good, too soon!

The weather has been more reminiscent of March, with mid single figure night time lows and daytime temps struggling to attain mid double digits.

A few nights I gave it a complete miss, with strong winds.

On Saturday however, it was a bit better, and so the moth trap was setup in anticipation.

The next morning...there wasn't much at all, with 12 moths of just 5 species (A record low for June).

Sunday night was a little better however, and also made up for it with a further two new for year species.

Below are my results....

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 218.

125w MV Robinson Trap min 8c at 5:00am

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

Macro Moths

Blood-vein 1 [NFY]
Uncertain 1 [NFY]
Common Swift 1
Heart & Dart 8

Micro Moths

Celypha striana 1

125w MV Robinson Trap min 7c at 5:00am

Catch Report - 07/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Yellow-barred Brindle 1 [NFY]
Common Pug 1
Common Swift 1 
Common Wainscot 1
Heart & Club 1
Heart & Dart 10
Large Nutmeg 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
Spectacle 1
Turnip Moth 1
Uncertain 2
Vine's Rustic 1
White Ermine 1

Micro Moths

Crambus pascuella 1 [NFY]
Celypha striana 4
Emmelina monodactyla 1


Crambus pascuella

Heart & Club




Yellow-barred Brindle

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