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 April 2010

Thorndon Park Field Trip

Just returned from the first outing of the year with Graham to Thorndon Country Park. After checking the weather forecast meticulously we decided we'd try trapping for hopefully Scarce and Great Prominents.
We setup 3 traps, 1x 125w MV, 1x 160w MBT and a 40w Actinic.
The cloud cover that was forecast did not materialise and we were left with a bright moon and a stiff breeze, so not ideal conditions!
We failed to locate either of the Prominents we were hoping for.... but did get some lovely Moths albeit in small quantities.
Grey Birch was the best Moth of the night, a scarce species here in Essex, closely followed by Least Black Arches and both Scalloped Hook-tip and Pebble Hook-tip.

The most numerous Macro Moth was Lunar Marbled Brown with no less than 12 individuals recorded.
Eriocrania subpurpurella was the most abundant Micro Moth with in excess of 25 specimens noted.

Species Recorded

Purple Thorn
Lunar Marbled Brown
Least Black Arches
Hebrew Character
Common Quaker
Small Quaker
Scalloped Hook-tip
Pebble Hook-tip
Grey Birch
Common Pug
Oak-tree Pug
Brindled Pug

and a few other species which will be added when I recieve the complete list from Graham.


Grey Birch

Scalloped Hook-tip

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