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 10 September 2012

Garden Trap - 09-09-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Back to trapping, and under quite breezy, cloudy and mild conditions, I managed my best garden catch so far this year with a total of 143 moths of 30 species! including some lovely new for gardens.

Pick of the bunch was a lovely fresh Brindled Green and a really tiny Pale Mottled Willow.



Catch Report -09-09-12 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brindled Green [NFG]

1x Chestnut [NFG]
2x Snout [NFG]2x Vine's Rustic  
18x Lesser Yellow Underwing
4x Willow Beauty 
3x Angle Shades    
3x Brimstone     
1x Pale Mottled Willow
15x Setaceous Hebrew Character 
3x Silver-Y 
2x Garden Carpet 
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Copper Underwing
1x September Thorn 
1x Riband Wave
1x Straw Dot
3x Green Carpet    
1x Orange Swift
31x Square-spot Rustic
25x Large Yellow Underwing   
4x Light Emerald

Micro Moths

1x Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana [NFG]

1x Agriphila geniculea
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
5x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Brindled Green


Pale Mottled Willow

Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana

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