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 2 July 2020

Sweltering humidity

With highs of 30 degrees here last Thursday and with the minimum temperature being noted at 18.6c, it was a bit of a special night to say the least.
I set my alarm for 4am in anticipation.
In short, I wasn't disappointed, moths were everywhere and I had to quickly pot them up, and remember what ones would be new for the year. 

A big influx of Cydia pomonella to the trap, strangely none have come to my pheromone lure for said species, maybe it's a duff lure? who knows.

It was such a good night, that I even attracted a year first day-flier, Nemophora degeerella! A female sitting quietly in the bottom of the trap.

The best moth was a new species for my garden, Vitula biviella, a species very similar to the Ephestia group, although when fresh the difference is clear.
It is moth species no.744 for the garden, and the first entry under the letter V in my micro moth species spreadsheet!

To add 21 new species for the year, was one of the best nights in 8 years here.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 324.

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 18.6c at 4:00am

Only New For Year Species Reported

Catch Report - 25/06/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Broad-barred White 1 [NFY]
Buff Arches 1 [NFY]
Cloaked Minor 2 [NFY]
Clouded Brindle 1 [NFY]
Dun-bar 1 [NFY]
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Short-cloaked moth 1 [NFY]
Small Emerald 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Ancylis achatana 1 [NFY]

Batia lunaris 1 [NFY]
Batrachedra praeangusta 1 [NFY]
Bryotropha domestica 1 [NFY]
Crassa unitella 1 [NFY]
Cydalima perspectalis 2 [NFY]
Cydia pomonella 5 [NFY]
Eana incanana 1 [NFY]
Epiblema costipunctana 1 [NFY]
Grapholita janthinana 1 [NFY]
Hedya salicella 1 [NFY]
Pleuroptya ruralis 1 [NFY]
Vitula biviella 1 [NFG]

Batrachedra praeangusta

Broad-barred White

Bryotropha domestica

Cydalima perspectalis

Short-cloaked moth

Small Emerald

Vitula biviella

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