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 27 June 2021

Catch report - 24/06/21 - Back garden

With highs of 20 degrees and a predominantly cloudy day, Thursday was the best day last week, 20 degrees doesn't sound particlarly warm for the emd of June, but the humidity was through the roof! It was a really muggy afternoon, and the cloud stayed with us over night, thus the temperature did not drop below 15 degrees, a perfect recipe for moths.
Indeed it was a rather busy night with over 30 species (Although over the last 8 years, I would be averaging around 50-70 species per night by now).
Highlights were Mompha ochraceella, not common here and of course, who doesn't like the awesome Burnished Brass!
A Rustic, with it's white out-lined orbital stigmas & kidney marks and a reduced transversal band, was picked out amongst 7 Uncertain.
Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 192.

24/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Beautiful Golden Y 1 [NFY]
Bright-line Brown-eye 1 [NFY]
Burnished Brass 1 [NFY]
Rustic 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Clepsis consimilana 1 [NFY]
Cnephasia sp 2 [NFY]
Eucosma cana 1 [NFY]
Homoeosoma sinuella 1 [NFY] 
Mompha ochraceella 1 [NFY]

Bright-line Brown-eye

Burnished Brass

Clepsis consimilana

Homoeosoma sinuella

Mompha ochraceella


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