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 1 June 2020

Friday's Moths

Friday had been another warm day with highs of 24 degrees and once again, clear skies throughout, cloud has been a real rarity this year, particularly since lockdown!

Now being back to work, as my furlough scheme comes to an end, I have less time for moths, so will just be listing the new for year species as I really haven't got the time and effort to count 10's of Heart & Darts!

Green Silver-lines is always a belting moth to get, so vibrant and I was pleased one was waiting for me in the trap.

Sloe Pug was the pick of the 5 new for year's, it was new for my garden only last year (And since this record, I recorded 3 from Ashwell Quaary on Saturday night, a real hotspot for them. I've never failed to catch one there, around this time of year).

I also had two Cydia nigricana turn up to my splendana lure trap (and 2 more today whilst at work).
It's not a common moth in my light trap, with 2 records over 8 years.

It just goes to show the power of a daytime lure!

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 197.

125w MV Robinson Trap min 10c at 5:00am 

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 29/05/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Green Silver-lines 1 [NFY]
Sloe Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Cydia nigricana 1 [NFY]
Hedya nubiferana 1 [NFY]
Notocelia uddmanniana 1 [NFY]

Cydia nigricana

Green Silver-lines

Hedya nubiferana

Notocelia uddmanniana

Sloe Pug

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