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 8 August 2021

Beginning of August from the garden trap

Numbers are slowly dropping off now in my garde, which is usually expected in August.
But there is always the outside chance of picking something up unusual or new for the garden (Even after 9 years)
The start of August has been quite cool and windy and wet at times, with abysmal night time temperatures coupled with rain before dark, saturating the vegetation and halting the moths from taking to the skies.
The best moth was a slightly worn Notocelia roborana on the 1st, backed up by only my second garden record of the Drinker Moth! (Last seen in 2014!). 
Other than those two, August started very quietly here.

Only new for year species listed below.

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 365

01/08/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Square-spot Rustic 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Epinotia tenerana 1 [NFY]
Notocelia roborana 1 [NFG] 
Pandemis corylana 1 [NFY]

02/08/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Gypsy Moth 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Epinotia tenerana 1 [NFY]
Pandemis corylana 1 [NFY]
03/08/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Drinker 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths
Aspilapteryx tringipennella 1 [NFY] 

Notocelia roborana

Square-spot Rustic

Epinotia tenerana

Gypsy Moth

Pandemis corylana


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