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

Saturday 3 July 2021

Catch report - 25 & 26/06/21 - Back garden

Falling behind and flagging now, but my goodness. Finally the moths are back! (Although not quite in this post, from last Friday & Saturday night)
As this blog post goes out, I am recovering from two back to back trips out, the first night was a success and a pleasing catch with one moth new for Hertfordshire, the second (Last night) was just heaving, and i'm currently at around 235 species over 3 traps. 

Back to the garden and the tail end of last week was really good and was boosted by a plethora of new for year species gracing the trap.

Temperatures hovered around 20 degrees and dropped to 13 degrees, not really the height of Summer temperatures, but the moths have to fly at some point don't they!

Highlights were a really fresh Acleris schalleriana that initially threw me off the scent, a nice Green Pug (Most I trap are quite faded) and the beautiful Broad-barred White, a favourite of mine. ''In fact your all my favourites'' (As Brucey once use to say on Strictly Come Dancing).
The best moth was a Tawny-barred Angle, only my second garden record and last seen 4 years ago, as usual with this species, I could not coax it to sit flat!

A Coleophora is still to be checked.
Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 202.

25/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Barred Straw 1 [NFY]
Blood-vein 1 [NFY]
Cabbage Moth 1 [NFY]
Double Square-spot 2 [NFY] 
Dwarf Cream Wave 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Cydalima perspectalis 1 [NFY]
Pammene fasciana 1 [NFY]
26/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Broad-barred White 1 [NFY]
Scorched Wing 1 [NFY]
Tawny-barred Angle 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Coleophora sp 1 [TBC]
Acleris shalleriana

Barred Straw


Cydalima perspectalis

Double Square-spot

Green Pug

Pammene fasciana

Broad-barred White

Coleophora sp

Tawny-barred Angle


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