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

Monday 13 April 2009

Catch Report - Friday 10th April 2009

Well after setting up my trap, I went to turn my bulb on and ....o dear..nothing just a dim glow coming from the MBT bulb Argh so I set up my dangling 40w Actinic over the catchbox and waited in anticipation as to what might turn up!
I didn't have to wait long as a Moth blundered about, the colouration was of nothing i'd seen in Spring before, so it was QUICK with the pot and to my surprise a pristine Dotted Chestnut sat still for abit then went mad, in the fridge he went to settle down for his photoshoot!

Abit of research suggests the Dotted Chestnut has not been recorded in Essex for a few years now, so I was over the moon. More associated with Woodland I'd never expect one turning up to the garden trap!

Equally interesting were another 3 new for year's.

Something is telling me to stick with the Actinic for abit now :)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1x Hebrew Character
1x Dotted Chestnut [NFG]
5x Common Quaker
6x Early Grey
1x Small Quaker
4x Early Thorn
3x Diurnea fagella
1x Twin-spotted Quaker
1x A.acanthadactyla
3x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Twenty Plume Moth [NFY]
1x Brimstone Moth [NFY]
1x Brown House Moth [NFY]

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