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 25 July 2021

A trio of catch results (16th, 17th & 18th of July) Reprise!

Another collection of catch results from my suburban back garden here in North-east Stevenage. 
It's been a tough year for numbers and species for me, and with ever-increasing competing light sources from neighbour's and street lights on until 1am (Which then come on again at 4, bizzare!) it's not been the most prolific year.
Having said that, what i've lacked in quantity, somehow i've made up in quality as I still continue to add new species to the garden list after 9 years.

Two cracking records came last week, equally as spectacular as each other.

Balsam Carpet, a moth i've recorded once at a local woodland was a big surprise in the garden trap, with no stands of Orange or Himalayan Balsam anywhere nearby, it must have wandered considerably.

And then I checked yet another Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing for Langmaid's, and bingo! A second record for Herts, but no doubt a lot slip through the net unchecked.
If that wasn't enough, a 3rd moth was new for the garden, the clothes moth Tinea bisselliella. This moth was only new for me this year (Having found one where I work at a community centre). 

The garden now has 772 species on the checklist since August 2012.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 313.

16/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Balsam Carpet 1 [NFG]
Flame 1 [NFY]
Pterophorus pentadactyla 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Tinea bisselliella 1 [NFG]
Acrobasis consociella 1 [NFY]
Brotropha affinis 1 [NFY]
Eudonia mercurella 1 [NFY]

17/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Langmaid's Yellow Underwing 1 [NFG]
Pine Hawk-moth 1 [NFY]
Poplar Grey 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Phyllonorycter geniculella 2 [NFY]
Udea ferrugalis 1 [NFY]
18/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Dark Umber 1 [NFY]
September Thorn 1 [NFY]
Shaded Broad-bar 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Batrachedra praeangusta 1 [NFY]
Prays fraxinella 1 [NFY] 

Acrobasis consociella

Balsam Carpet

Batrachedra praeangusta

Eudonia mercurella


Langmaid's Yellow Underwing

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing

Phyllonorycter geniculella

Tinea bisselliella

Udea ferrugalis

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