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 13 September 2020

Early September Mothing in the garden

It's been a rather slow month with a small trickle of new moths during the first two weeks of September.

The weather has been a little up and down as well, with some windy and wet days, mixed in with some humid and warm sunny days, but cool nights (some dropping as low as 6c here in North Herts).

The big shock was of course the 2nd Herts record of Slender Burnished Brass and not seen since the year 2000! It was a Plusia I needed as well, having seen Scarce Burnished Brass abroad in the past.

An Orange Sallow was also a nice surprise this morning, and a good moth for my garden ad never annual.

Below are all of the new for year species.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 474.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts


1x Slender Burnished Brass


2x Brindled Green


1x Cypress Pug


4x Lunar Underwing 


1x Deep-brown Dart


2x Black Rustic
1x Orange Sallow

Black Rustic

Cypress Pug

Deep-brown Dart

Lunar Underwing

Orange Sallow

Slender Burnished Brass

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