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

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Catch Report - 11/03/12 - Farmland/Back Garden - Hertfordshire

An absolutely stonking catch last night for the back garden with a grand total of 209 moths of 15 species and funnily enough the night was very cool and breezy but it must have been the day time temperatures that held just after dusk, as it was a hive of activity at about 7pm.
Best moths of the night included a single Engrailed, Oak Nycteoline and a superb Lead-coloured Drab and an absolutely mint one at that!
Small Quaker was most numerous with 87 examples followed by 37 Hebrew Character and running up in third was Common Quaker with 34 specimens to it's name.

Twin-spotted Quaker is always an early season favourite of mine and so it was nice to pick up two fresh examples of the same colour form.

Onwards and upwards I hope now!

Catch Report - 11/03/12 - 125w MV Robinson Trap - Back Garden/Farmland

Macro Moths

1x Lead-coloured Drab [NFY]
1x Oak Nycteoline [NFY]
1x Engrailed [NFY]
1x Early Grey [NFY]
2x Twin-spotted Quaker [NFY]
87x Small Quaker
34x Common Quaker
37x Hebrew Character
26x Clouded Drab
1x Dotted Border
3x March Moth
7x Oak Beauty
4x Chestnut

Micro Moths

2x Diurnea fagella
2x Agonopterix heracliana

Lead-coloured Drab

Twin-spotted Quaker's

Early Grey

Clouded Drab



Hebrew Character

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