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

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Catch Report - 01/10/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Another start to another month, and amazingly mild as well, prompted me to put the trap out once again. Still the usual suspects turning up in fantastic numbers, best of all was an aberrant Barred Sallow.
76 Beaded Chestnut's was indeed a record amount for me.

Catch Report - 01/10/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden

Macro Moths

1x Spruce Carpet
1x Merveille du Jour
1x Dusky-lemon Sallow
11x Yellow-line Quaker
1x Turnip Moth
3x Pink-barred Sallow
37x Brown-spot Pinion
36x Large Yellow Underwing
20x Barred Sallow
1x Latticed Heath
10x Sallow

1x Red-green Carpet
5x Brick

1x Orange Sallow

2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

7x Black Rustic

1x Rosy Rustic

1x Blair's Shoulder-knot

1x Silver-Y
20x Setaceous Hebrew Character
5x Snout

2x Common Wainscot
1x Feathered Thorn

1x Deep-brown Dart
1x Red-line Quaker

23x Lunar Underwing

8x Lesser Yellow Underwing

1x Light Emerald

1x Green-brindled Crescent

2x Large Wainscot

1x Common Marbled Carpet

76x Beaded Chestnut

1x Dark Arches

1x Willow Beauty
3x Brindled Green

5x Vine's Rustic

2x Chestnut
5x Angle Shades

Barred Sallow - Aberration.

Barred Sallow
- 3 of the 20 that turned up.

Spruce Carpet

Micro Moths

2x Acleris variegana
1x Cochylis atricapitana
1x Eudonia angustea
Acleris sparsana
Caloptilia semifascia
1x Agonopterix heracliana

Caloptilia semifascia

Agonopterix heracliana

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