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 26 May 2009

Catch Report - Monday 25th May 2009

Willow Beauty f.rebeli

Spruce Carpet

Pyrausta aurata - The Mint Moth

Mullein Wave

Lime-speck Pug

Minor sp.

Brown Rustic

Caloptilia syringella

Well after having a nice break from Mothing over the bank holiday weekend, it was back to seeing what was about in the garden at this time of year, no less than 7 new species turned up, I think that the micro (which I can't idntify might be a first) and the Macro Mullein Wave being the best Moth of the night, of course this hobby has its bad sides, this morning my bulb broke because of too much rain, it must have teemed it down as the road outside was like a small river!
Nevertheless a spare bulb will be screwed in ready for the next night's action!

Catch Report
- Hatfield Broad Oak - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

1x Caloptilia syringella [NFY]
1x Lime-speck Pug [NFY]
1x Mullein Wave [NFG]
1x Spruce Carpet [NFY]
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty [NFY]
1x Brown Rustic [NFY]
1x Marbled Minor sp. [NFY]
2x Scorched Carpet
1x Scalloped Hazel
5x Brimstone Moth
1x Common Swift
1x Dark Brocade
1x Poplar Hawkmoth
2x Light Emerald
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
6x Mottled Pug
2x Common Pug
2x Buff Ermine
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Small Dusty Wave

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