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 2 November 2011

Catch Report - 31/10/11 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

Not a bad catch again under cooler conditions, highlights were 3 Dark Chestnut's a late Rosy Rustic and Large Yellow Underwing and my first Pale Mottled Willow this year, a Moth that I use to get commonly in my old Essex haunt, just must not be the best habitat here to support this Moth.

Catch Report - 31/10/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden
Macro Moths

Macro Moths

1x Pale Mottled Willow [NFY]

7x Sprawler
5x Green-brindled Crescent
2x Beaded Chestnut
2x Barred Sallow
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot
4x Satellite
3x Yellow-line Quaker
3x Dark Chestnut
1x Large Wainscot
3x Feathered Thorn
5x Merveille du Jour
3x Angle Shades
6x Chestnut
1x Large Yellow Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Caloptilia semifascia
1x Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
4x Blastobasis adustella

Rosy Rustic & Pale Mottled Willow

Pale Mottled Willow

Dark Chestnut

Caloptilia semifascia

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