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 15 August 2021

Latest from the home trap - Stevenage, North Herts

Here are three trapping efforts from the 5th to the 10th of August here in Stevenage, North Herts.

Just a brief run-down of the new garden species for the year below.
The temperatures have been steady recently, most days attaining 22 or 23 degrees, around average for the time of year (But it seems a little low) night time temperatures haven't been stellar, and some nights have dropped as low as 10 degrees with dew by the morning and feeling rather autumnal!

Big surprise was a Bactra species, last seen in 2013! A full 8 years ago...incredible as this is a common moth in nearby damp grassland habitats. 
It was also four years since my last Hypatima rhomboidella, a really odd looking species. 

Things are starting to fine down now and it'll hopefully be quality over quantity (Although the quantity has never really been there sadly this year).

Moth species for 2021 in the garden now stands at 372.

05/08/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Small Rivulet 1 [NFY]

08/08/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Micro Moths
Clavigesta purdeyi 1 [NFY]
10/08/21 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts - 125w MV Robinson Trap
Macro Moths
Orange Swift 1 [NFY]
Micro Moths 
Bactra sp 1 [NFY]
Coleophora hemerobiella 1 [NFY]
Grapholita janthinana 1 [NFY]
Hypatima rhomboidella 1 [NFY]

Small Rivulet

Clavigesta purdeyi

Coleophora hemerobiella

Grapholita janthinana

Hypatima rhomboidella

Orange Swift

Bactra sp

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