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

Monday 7 June 2021

Moths at work 03/06/21

A catch from Thursday night at work, a great variety of species were present on a rather warm night.

Highlights were both Poplar & Lime Hawk-moth (I had not had any Hawks in my garden until last night, again both the same species turned up, odd!) 

A stunning Coronet was also most welcome, and 22 Treble Lines was rather good, they are certainly having a good year here in Herts.

It's great to finally start getting warmer nights now!

03/06/21 - Work - Bishop's Stortford - East Herts - 40w Actinic + 15w Twin Synergetic/Actinic Trap 

Macro Moths
Angle Shades 1 
Buff-tip 1
Common Swift 1 
Coronet 1
Figure of Eighty 1
Grey Dagger sp 1
Heart & Dart 3
Ingrailed Clay 1
Light Brocade 2
Miller 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Pale Mottled Willow 4
Peppered Moth 1 
Poplar Grey 1
Shears 4
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
Treble Lines 22
Turnip Moth 5
White Ermine 1
Micro Moths 
Celypha striana 1
Cochylimorpha straminea 1
Cydia pomonella 1 
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Ephestia sp 1 
Epiphyas postvittana 1
Plutella xylostella 2
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
Rhyacionia pinivorana 2
Syndemis musculana 1 
Tachystola acroxantha 1
Tinea trinotella 1

Celypha striana


Lime Hawk & Poplar Hawk

Poplar Grey

Rhyacionia pinivorana


Tinea trinotella

Works Actinic Trap



  1. Really interesting Ben. Good on you for writing it up. Lovely photos by the way.

  2. Thank you very much for your comment.