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 17 June 2021

Garden mothing, 4 nightly round-up

Slipping behind now with my posts, either i'm too tired (from the heat and work) or out running traps somewhere... it's such a bad but addictive habit!
Here are the latest species from my garden from Friday night until Monday night. 

A new species was added to my garden list, Alder Moth. This stunning Noctuid with it's slate grey base colour streaked boldly with charcoal, seems to be having a good year here in Herts with it popping up in most people's gardens.
There wasn't just one either, but two! Brilliant.
Other notables were Parapoynx stratiotata, only my 4th garden record, Incurvaria oehlmanniella which again is only my fourth and Broken-barred Carpet which is only the 3rd example for the garden.
With these mild and muggy nights, the micros have really started to turn up now in good numbers.
On numbers, my garden is still the poorest it's been in nearly a decade of living here, numbers have crashed, but species diversity has picked up since last week.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 161.

11/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Alder Moth 1 [NFG]
Pale Oak Beauty 1 [NFY]
Small Dusty Wave 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Pandemis cerasana 1 [NFY]

12/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Green Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Acentria ephemerella 1 [NFY]
Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella 1 [NFY]
Carcina quercana 1 [NFY]
Celypha lacunana 1 [NFY] 
Incurvaria oehlmanniella 1 [NFY]

13/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Eyed Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Green Silver-lines 1 [NFY]
Middle-barred Minor 1 [NFY]
Riband Wave 1 [NFY]
Snout 1 [NFY]
Treble Brown Spot 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Argyesthia glabratella sp 1 [TBC pending]
Cacoecimorpha pronubana 1 [NFY]
Chrysoteuchia culmella 1 [NFY]
Cydia splendana 1 [NFY]
Epiblema costipunctana 1 [NFY]
Notocelia uddmanniana 1 [NFY]
Tinea trinotella 1 [NFY]

14/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Broken-barred Carpet 1 [NFY]
Dark Arches 1 [NFY]
Small Waved Umber 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Aleimma loeflingiana 1 [NFY]
Parapoynx stratiotata 1 [NFY]
Alder Moth

Pale Oak Beauty

Small Dusty Wave

Carcina quercana

Epiblema costipunctana

Green Silver-lines

Riband Wave

Aleimma loeflingiana

Broken-barred Carpet

Small Waved Umber


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