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 2 October 2012

Garden Trap - 01-10-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Into October we go, and just as I was setting up the trap the heavens opened! luckily it didn't last and the sky started to clear which they predicted, although this morning I woke upto thick cloud cover and it was quite mild.

After yesterdays mangled Large Thorn, I managed another one! in pristine condition aswell, really chuffed as it is not very common at all.

Also 2 more Large Ranunculus graced the trap, taking the yearly total upto 7 individuals.

Little else to report but when I got home from work I notced a pupal case moving along the front of the house and up the wall very slowly, it turns out to be Luffia ferchaultella a tiny wingless micro moth that people seem to know little about and a new one for me.

Edit not that at all!

 Apologies to Stephen for using his image!


Catch Report -01-10-12 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Large Ranunculus 
1x Large Thorn
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Sallow
5x Lunar Underwing 
8x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Willow Beauty
2x Garden Carpet
1x Vine's Rustic
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Silver-Y
Micro Moths

1x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleria variegana 
1x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Large Thorn

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