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 4 July 2021

End of June in the garden moth trap

On Tuesday night I ran my last trapping effort for June in my garden.
Moths are coming thick and fast now, we are officially on catch up mode!

As soon as July came, the intensity of new moths increased (more on that soon).
Unfortunately some of the new moths for the year were really tatty, the Mottled Beauty looked like it had been pulled through a mangle, and the Common Emerald looked like it had been trapped under a sunbed, it was so bleached.
Never mind, they all count!
A great selection of common moths is always pleasing.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 213.

29/06/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Beautiful Hook-tip 1 [NFY] 
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Clouded Border 1 [NFY]
Common Emerald 1 [NFY]
Mottled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Swallow-tailed Moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Agapeta zoegana 1 [NFY]
Archips crataegana 1 [NFY] 
Cochylis molliculana 1 [NFY]
Oegoconia sp 1 [NFY]
Scythropia crataegella 1 [NFY]

Agapeta zoegana

Archips crataegana

Beautiful Hook-tip

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Clouded Border

Cochylis molliculana

Common Emerald

Mottled Beauty

Swallow-tailed Moth

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