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

Saturday 10 October 2009

Catch Report - Friday 09th October 2009

Not a bad catch at all with 1 new for year and 3 (albeit one species) new for garden.
Very damp all night but the highlight had to be the Merveiile du Jour and the dark form of Green-brindled Crescent turning up with 1 individual to 3 green highlighted ones.

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

Merveille du Jour

Green-brindled Crescent ab. capucina

Green-brindled Crescent showing size variation

Macro Moths

1x Merveille du Jour [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Rosy Rustic
1x Red-green Carpet
7x Barred Sallow
1x Sallow
4x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Vine's Rustic
3x Red-line Quaker
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Square-spot Rustic

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Micro Moths

3x Phyllonorycter messaniella [NFG]
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
1x Rhomboid Tortrix Acleris rhombana
1x Strawberry Tortrix Acleris comariana

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