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 27 August 2009

Catch Report - Wednesday 26th August 2009

Warm and muggy tonight with spots of rain, a little breezy but much calmer than it was during the day.
Plenty of Moths about the most notable being Purple Bar a lovely pretty Geometrid probably overlooked at times due to its small size, it being another new species for my Garden.
The end of summer theme continued with 2 fresh Rosy Rustic Moths.

Also a new Micro which I very nearly overlooked, a tiny straight micro, with a broad black stripe running along it's side.....it should be familiar but I cannot put a name to the species!

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

Purple Bar

Rosy Rustic

Common Marbled Carpet

Macro Moths

1x Purple Bar [NFG]
2x Rosy Rustic [NFY]
2x Common Marbled Carpet

Ypsolopha ustella

Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
Pandemis corylana

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha ustella [NFG]
3x Cyclamen Tortrix Clepsis spectrana [NFY]
1x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana