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 26 October 2009

Catch Report - Sunday 25th October 2009

Another night and another new species confirmed and added to my Garden list, the Moth is called the Grey-pine Carpet, it is a relatively common Moth up and down the country and has probably (in the caterpillar stage) been feeding on the Norway Spruce in the Garden, it is readily confused with Spruce Carpet because of the similiarities in wing pattern and shape.
With the Dark Chestnut the other night and this Carpet I am steadily approaching 300 Macro Species for my Garden which is amazing, considering i've only been trapping just over 19 months.
Other interesting Moths of the night included a late (possibly migrant) Shuttle-shaped Dart and Turnip Moth and my first of the year for Sprawler.
The micro's were represented by two migrant Rush Veneer's and a common plume Moth.

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

Grey-pine Carpet

Sprawler (from 2008)

Macro Moths

1x Grey-pine Carpet [NFG]
1x Sprawler [NFY]
1x Sallow
2x Angle Shades
14x Brick
8x Red-line Quaker
3x Yellow-line Quaker
2x Merveille du Jour
3x Feathered Thorn
6x Epirrita sp.
1x Chestnut
2x Beaded Chestnut
6x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Turnip Moth
2x Barred Sallow
1x Satellite
2x Black Rustic
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Green-brindled Crescent

Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer

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