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 6 March 2010

Parndon Wood - Friday 05th March 2010

Well what started off as a mild sunny day of 9c then decided to cloud over an hour of two before dusk dropping the temperature to 6c which seemed perfect.
Unfortunately the skies quickly cleared again, coupled with a bitterely cold wind from the east, the temperature gauge read 4c, but it felt much cooler.

On arrival the sheet said volumes with maybe 9 or 10 Moths present... then a check around the trap yielded some more in the egg cartons.
It was only on inspection of the inside of the trap that accounted for the vast majority of Moths, something that so far is quite unusual
Maybe they were sheltering away from the cold wind that was present?

No new species were noted but a good amount of Noctuid Moths again with 33! Chestnut.

Pictures ---------

Pale Brindled Beauty

Small Brindled Beauty

Catch Report - Friday 05th March 2010 - Parndon Wood - 160w Robinson Trap + 40w Hanging Actinic w/White hanging sheet & ground sheets


Macro Moths

33x Chestnut
16x Satellite
5x Dotted Border
4x March Moth
4x Small Brindled Beauty
1x Pale Brindled Beauty

Micro Moths

42x Tortricodes alternella

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