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 25 March 2010

The Garden Moth Trap - Wednesday night

Despite heavy rain most of the night, a good catch including my first of the regular yearly Pale Pinions that I get (last year I recorded several and brought the county recrds for this species to just over 20 ever recorded, so quite a rare beasty in these parts)
A very dark, almost black Clouded Drab was also found.

2 new species of micro moths were recorded for the garden aswell, these being Mompha epilobiella and the tiny but very pretty Zelleria hepariella both confirmed by Mike Wall from the Hants Moths Forum, cheers!


Pale Pinion

Clouded Drab

Mompha epilobiella

Zelleria hepariella

Catch Report - Hatfield Broad Oak - 24/03/10 - 160w MBT Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Pinion [NFY]
2x Oak Beauty
7x Hebrew Character
5x Small Quaker
3x Clouded Drab
5x Common Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Zelleria hepariella [NFG]
1x Mompha epilobiella [NFG]
3x Emmelina monodactyla [NFY]
1x Agonopterix heracliana

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