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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Friday 2 October 2009

Thorndon Country Park - Thursday 01st October 2009

Made a 3rd trip and last of this year to Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood tonight with Graham and managed a good selection of autumnal species, under clearing skies it got colder & colder so we decided to pack up at about 11pm.
Not only did we attract Moths, we also seemed to be attracting Aircraft as many more than normal passed over-head, also we got collared by the Police in ...wait for it.... a Smart Car! they thought we were burying a body!! errr no...even if we were the ground would have been too bloody solid to do any digging...then they let us go.

The Hornets were out in force with Graham's trap pulling in half a dozen and one to my trap which was potted up quickly! although they remained pretty docile thankgod!
As the Moth traps did not seem to be producing much, we decided to wander around searching for Moths, after finding one we soon came across 2, 3, 4....and the rest was history. They seemed to just be sitting on the bracken it almost being too cold for them to fly.
Pick of the bunch of the Moths was a Flounced Chestnut, a new Moth for both Graham and I, what a superb looking Moth! and made the cold evening worthwhile.
That's it for Thorndon Park this year, but we will be back next year hopefull in search of some rarer species.
Catch Report - Thorndon Country Park - 160w MBT Robinson Trap + 125w MV Robinson

Flounced Chestnut


Macro Moths

1x Flounced Chestnut [NFS]
12x Brick
2x Chestnut
3x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Feathered Thorn
5x Lunar Underwing
1x Pink-barred Sallow
4x Red-green Carpet
3x Yellow-line Quaker
2x Barred Sallow
1x Sallow

Acleris rhombana

Micro Moths

2x Acleris emargana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Acleris notana/ferrugana
1x Acleris rhombana

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