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 22 October 2020

Two cracking recent garden catches

A couple of really mild nights, not dropping below 13 degrees, and with highs of 18c on Tuesday, it was no surprise that my catches shot up!

23 species on Tuesday night was an October species count record in 8 years.

Winners this year for October are, Merveille du Jour, Satellite, Red-line Quaker and Acleris schalleriana, all common with 9, 7, 11 and 31 records so far this October.

Losers include, Beaded Chestnut (just two worn records so far this year, Brown-spot Pinion (First year so far with no records).

Most notable was a single Acleris rhombana (Not seen since 2015). 

A wee bit of migration was noted, a fresh Udea ferrugalis and 2 Plutella xylostella.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 490.

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

19/10/20 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

21 moths of 12 species

Macro Moths

Brick 2 [NFY]
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Merveille du Jour 3
November Moth 3
Red-line Quaker 1
Satellite 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Yellow-line Quaker 3

Micro Moths

Acleris rhombana 1 [NFY]
Acleris sparsana 2
Epiphyas postvittana 1

20/10/20 - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

58 moths of 24 species

Macro Moths

Feathered Thorn 2 [NFY]
Barred Sallow 1
Beaded Chestnut 1
Black Rustic 1
Chestnut 3
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Merveille du Jour 1
November Moth 1
Red-green Carpet 1
Red-line Quaker 2
Satellite 5
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Turnip Moth 1
Yellow-line Quaker 2

Micro Moths

Acleris schalleriana 19
Acleris sparsana 4
Amblyptilia acanthdactyla 1
Cydalima perspectalis 2
Epiphyas postvittana 3
Hypsopygia costalis 1
Plutella xylostella 2
Tachystola acroxantha 1
Udea ferrugalis 1

Udea ferrugalis

Acleris rhombana

Beaded Chestnut


Turnip Moth

Feathered Thorn (Female)

Hypsopygia costalis

Merveille du Jour

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