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

Friday night, out on the town?

Not quite, my garden is on the edge of town...
And that's about as near as I've got to the town besides driving past it on my way to work.

I can't remember the last time I went to Stevenage town to have a mooch around and do some shopping, not that i'm missing it too much mind! the shopping trip usually involves socks and lampshades (for the moth traps).

Back to the whole point of this blog before I career off into the sunset.

The Friday before (the 19th) was another warm day and there was plenty of moth action around the trap after rolling out of bed at 4am to get the jump on the bird predation.

A slightly reduced catch compared to recent nights, but still several new species added to the year list.

Pick were two fresh Rustics and a slightly aberrant Treble Brown Spot which was really yellow in appearance with reduced central markings in the band.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 285.

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 13c at 4:00am

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 19/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Barred Yellow 1 [NFY]
Pebble Hook-tip 1 [NFY]
Rustic 2 [NFY]
Swallow-tailed Moth 1 [NFY]
Treble Brown Spot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Acrobasis repandana 1 [NFY]

paraswammerdamia nebulella 1 [NFY]

Acrobasis repandana

Barred Yellow

Paraswammerdamia nebulella

Pebble Hook-tip


Swallow-tailed Moth

Treble Brown Spot

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