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

Thursday 2 April 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 1st April

Well alot of April fools happening tonight having attracted a few Thorn's one has really got me confused, bigger and darker than other Early Thorn's I trapped, maybe its just a variation!
As for Diurnea fagella, I just don't have enough experince with this Moth as tonight proved, I fell into the (ID help) trap again with some very variable examples.

Lots of Moths to the sheet tonight from 8-10pm with 45 Moths of an impressive 12 species,
Two very pretty Water Carpet making a new Site record tonight.

Catch Report - Hatfield Forest - 40w Actinic - Hanging Sheet

  • 13x Common Quaker
  • 1x March Moth
  • 2x Small Quaker
  • 2x Water Carpet [NFS]
  • 1x Oak Beauty
  • 2x Hebrew Character
  • 3x Clouded Drab
  • 6x Engrailed
  • 1x Chestnut
  • 3x Early Thorn [NFS]
  • 9x Diurnea fagella [NFS]
  • 2x Shoulder-stripe


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