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 4 April 2011

Field Trip - Braughing Farmland - Sunday night

Happy Mother's Day! Whoopee

I decided to leave my trap around the parents house as I was up there (it seemed rude not too!)

two traps were used both the 160w MBT and the 125w MV Robinson traps.

The weather was mild, but just before dusk it tipped it down and afterwards the skies must have cleared because I woke to a reading of 3.5c!!! utter shock, even ice had formed on my Dad's car.

Nevertheless 31 moths of 7 species were recorded, highlights being a first for the year Powdered Quaker and a new form of Acleris cristana to boot!

No Sloe Carpet as of yet, but the potential is there for this rare moth (loads of Blackthorn bushes)

Sunday - 03/04/11 - Braughing Farmland (total of 31 moths of 7 species) - 1x Robinson 125w MV Trap, 1x 160w Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Powdered Quaker [NFY]
2x Clouded Drab
1x Early Grey
14x Common Quaker
10x Small Quaker
2x Hebrew Character

Powdered Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Acleris cristana

Acleris cristana

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