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 16 August 2020

Catch Report - 26/07/20 - Back garden

Another garden trapping effort on the 26th of July.

During the daytime and before setting up the trap my wife spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth whizzing around our Buddleia, a first for the year and not seen since 2017, we've not seen any since unfortunately. In 2017 we had two that would regularly visit at dinnertime everyday for over two weeks!

From the trap in the morning, some nice quality species such as Lychnis, Twin-spotted Wainscot and Lesser-spotted Pinion, all of which are scarce here, particularly the Wainscot with only one previous garden record in 2014!

Two Coleophora are left still to check as well as a tiny Elachista which is probably stabilella.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 401.

Only New For Year Species Reported

250w Clear MV Robinson Trap min 16c at 4:15am

Catch Report - 26/07/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Buff Footman 1 [NFY]
Copper Underwing 1 [NFY]
Hummingbird Hawk-moth 1 [NFY] (Feeding from Buddleia at 5:30pm)
Lesser-spotted Pinion 1 [NFY]
Lychnis 1 [NFY]
Twin-spotted Wainscot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Argyresthia goedartella 1 [NFY]
Lathronympha strigana 1 [NFY]

Argyresthia goedartella

Buff Footman

Copper Underwing

Lathronympha strigana

Lesser-spotted Pinion


Twin-spotted Wainscot

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