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 15 January 2011

First mothing field trip of the year

Managed to set-up a trap and sheet at Parndon Wood last night.
Leaving the light on for well over 12 hours, I was hopeful of the first moths of the year and voila! No less than 59 moths of 6 species graced the sheet. of all those recorded only 1 was actually in the trap!

The list included many slightly early Spring Usher and a few melanic Pale Brindled Beauties.

Subsequently all moths were new for the year!

Catch Report - January 14th 2011 - 125w MV robinson Trap with vertical hanging sheet

Spring Usher

32x Spring Usher [NFY]
18x Pale Brindled Beauty [NFY]
6x Chestnut [NFY]
1x Satellite [NFY]
1x Mottled Umber [NFY]
1x Winter Moth [NFY]

Pale Brindled Beauty (melanic)

Mottled Umber

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