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

Sunday 22 August 2010

Thorndon Country Park near Little Warley Common

A mild night again, but very very windy, and thus this made trapping difficult, we set up 4 traps amongst hedgerows, trees and undergrowth, one to the north being my 160w MBT, and east,west and south traps all being 125w MV.
Intiatially we had trouble with Hornets! upto 12 were seen frantically buzzing around mainly the trap in the south.
The moths unfortunately were few and far between, and the interest was dwindling at times.

We put the low numbers down to the gusty wind that seemed to let up for a few minutes then turned gale force just like that.

Highlights were my first Oak Lutestring (2) Satin Wave (1) and Epinotia ramella and my first female Orange Swift (it was huge!)

Other species of note included both Barred and Oak Hook-tip, Peacock Moth and Tawny-barred Angle in good numbers and 12+ Lesser Swallow Prominent.

Oak Lutestring

Satin Wave

Peacock Moth

Ypsolopha parenthesella

Epinotia ramella

Pine Shoot Moth Rhyacionia buoliana

Orange Swift
(Female and not so orange!)

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