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

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Sunday 16 January 2011


Hi all you fellow blogger's

Just to let you know that a new book for £15 + p+p is available from the ALS website here

I've been told by Jon Clifton that they will start despatching next week.

Quoted from the website.....

British and Irish moths: an illustrated guide to selected difficult species (covering the use of genitalia characters and other features). Written by moth experts Martin Townsend, Jon Clifton and Brian Goodey, this guide brings together information on the identification of difficult macro-moths, beyond what is currently available in moth field guides. The softback guide features 72 larger moth species (plus their subspecies and forms) with over 130 color illustrations. The ring-bound format and protective covers aid its use next to a microscope during dissections. Text and images of confusion species have been laid out together for ease of use and new keys have been designed to aid identification. This Guide provides the next step for those wishing to make a definitive determination of difficult moths such as ear moths, dark/grey daggers, copper underwings and the November Moth group. As such, much of the Guide is focussed on genitalia characteristics, although there are discussions of other characteristics such as wing markings. See an example page here. It provides an up-to-date summary that will be of use even to those already experienced in genitalia determinations, but the main intended audience is those active moth recorders who are ready to take on the more challenging macro-moths and, thus, help improve the recorded distributions of these species.

I can't wait to receive it!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the link Ben....it took me less than a minute to order and pay via "Paypal"....looks to be a "must have" book. AND, a happy new year to you and yours