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

Sunday 11 October 2009

Catch Report - Saturday 10th October 2009

Well the catches at the moment are superb for this time of year, maybe the relatively mild and dry weather has helped certain species to stay on the wing for longer periods of time.
The usual Autumn feel to the catch but with some surprises, the first a Green Carpet which I last saw back in July, the Books say that it sometimes has a partial second generation in the south in August, well this is nearly mid-October!
Another late one, a micro called a Gold Triangle or in latin... Hypsopygia costalis which is usually seen flying between July and August!

November Moth agg. was new for year tonight, quite a pale and bland colouration to this one.

Also a quick check on the Ivy bushs around my Garden yielded 2 more species that were enjoying the sweet smelling Ivy blooms, the Chestnut and the Satellite, both very pretty Moths.

Two stunning Merveille du Jour's rounded up a perfect night.

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

November Moth agg.


Macro Moths

1x November Moth agg. [NFY]
2x Feathered Thorn
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1x Green Carpet
1x Chestnut
1x Beaded Chestnut
1x Satellite
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Sallow
5x Willow Beauty
1x Red-green Carpet
4x Barred Sallow
3x Red-line Quaker
1x Vine's Rustic
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1x Angle Shades
1x Mallow
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Green-brindled Crescent
2x Merveille du Jour

Micro Moths

1x Gold Triangle Hypsopygia costalis
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Acleris rhombana
2x Eudonia angustea
1x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana