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

Thursday 18 October 2012

Garden Trap - 17-10-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Well what a cracking night! on returning from the circus I found not one but two Merveille du Jour's sitting on the trap, a garden first, and in the pouring rain aswell! By this morning I was rewarded with 27 moths of 17 species which is pretty good for my garden at this time of year I would have thought, but being my first year trapping here I won't know until next August if this year is a base to go on.

Also new for my garden was 2x Red-line Quaker's and a lovely Dark Chestnut.

I have always said that rain does not seem to put moths off at all, it is always wind and temperature, infact some of my best catches have been in the rain.

No photos yet as it is just too dark again! but photos of the previous night will be on my previous post.


Catch Report -17-10-12 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Red-line Quaker [NFG]
2x Merveille du Jour [NFG]
1x Dark Chestnut [NFG]
1x Large Ranunculus 
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Angle Shades
3x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Satellite
4x Chestnut
Micro Moths

1x Acleris schalleriana [NFG]

4x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Merveille du Jour's

Chestnut & Dark Chestnut

Red-line Quaker

Acleris schalleriana

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