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

Thursday 4 June 2020

Fining down after the moth storm!

A few quieter nights recently in the garden moth trap.

On the last night of the month of May, I recorded a rather modest 19 species, 4 of those were new for year.
Pick of those 4 species was a stunning Small Elephant Hawk-moth and only the 4th Hawk of the year here (2 Limes, 1 Poplar and this recent addition). 

Small Elephant Hawk-moth can be abundant in some habitats in Herts. I've found it certainly favours chalky areas.
Just 5 records in my garden over the last 8 years that i've lived here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 201.

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

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 30/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Dark Arches 1 [NFY]
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella 1 [NFY]

Aleimma loeflingiana

Dark Arches

Homoeosoma sinuella

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

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