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

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Latest from the garden trap - Stevenage, North Herts

Well the weather really warmed up a week ago, to 31 degrees and the moths were in relative abundance. With this warm weather, it makes it incredibly hard to pot up the moths, and photograph them hence some rather quick pot shots to confirm the record.

Best moths were a single Coleophora conspicuella, which is becoming annual here now, the lovely looking Hedya Salicella, and  gen det confirmed Lesser Common Rustic.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 324.

19/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Black Arches 1 [NFY]
Lesser Common Rustic 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Cedestis gysseleniella 1 [NFY] 
Epinotia signatana 1 [NFY]
Hedya salicella 1 [NFY]
Pyralis farinalis 1 [NFY]
20/07/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Chinese Character 1 [NFY]
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 [NFY]
Tree-lichen Beauty 3 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Acrobasis suavella 1 [NFY]
Coleophora conspicuella 1 [NFY]

Black Arches

Cedestis gysseleniella

Hedya salicella

Lesser Common Rustic

Coleophora conspicuella

Tree-lichen Beauty

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