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 30 July 2020

Another garden first, two of them with Duskies & Oaks

Another cracking night on the 18th of July was had in my garden here in Stevenage and despite the temperatures not being blisteringly high (max 22c) the minimum did not fall away below 15.5c and with a muggy feel with dominant cloud cover.

9 new for year species was great and included some quite scarce moths for here.

Oak Eggar, a really large Female as well, was only my 2nd garden record after first recording it last year.
A third Dioryctria abietella of the year was pleasing as well as a smart Clavigesta purdeyi, again scarce here for lack of coniferous trees.

Best of all were not one but two Gelechia scotinella, a moth i've recorded at Home Wood in Bedfordshire a few years back now.
One had a chunk out of it's wing, but it was just about identifiable with enough markings present including the white thoracic dot.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 385.

Only New For Year Species Reported

250w MV Clear  Robinson Trap min 15.5c at 4:30am

Catch Report - 18/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Dusky Sallow 1 [NFY]
Dusky Thorn 2 [NFY]
Oak Eggar 1 [NFY]
Tree-lichen Beauty 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Blastobasis adustella 1 [NFY]
Cameraria ohridella 1 [NFY]
Clavigesta purdeyi 1 [NFY]
Elachista canapennella 1 [NFY]
Gelechia scotinella 2 [NFG]

Blastobasis adustella

Cameraria ohridella

Clavigesta purdeyi

Dusky Sallow

Dusky Thorn

Elachista canapennella

Gelechia scotinella

Oak Eggar

Tree-lichen Beauty

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