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 15 April 2013

Catch Report - 14-04-13

A superb catch last night and despite the stiff breeze, it didn't seem to put the moths off too much.
34 moths of 10 species were found in and around the trap.
2 were new for the year, both Emmelina monodactyla and Grey Shoulder-knot (the latter was about 4 metres away from the trap)
New for the garden was Diurnea fagella which I didn't expect as not many people have been reporting it yet this year.
Interestingly of the 34 moths, only 2 were at my light (searching extensively with the torch) fro 8pm til 11pm, bearing in mind our streetlights go out at 12.15am, is this having an effect on them I wonder?

Star of the catch was a Herald, a moth I don't see too often and only my 8th record.

My records for it are as follows

None in 2008
25/03/09 - Hatfield Broad Oak
10/04/10 - Hatfield Broad Oak
24/04/10 - Hatfield Broad Oak
08/07/10 - Canvey Wick
17/07/10 - Harlow Museum
21/09/10 - Sawbridgeworth Mash
None in 2011
14/07/12 - Rye Meads
14/04/13  - Stevenage

Catch Report - 14-04-13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Herald [NFG]
1x Grey Shoulder-knot [NFY]
4x Clouded Drab
2x Chestnut
10x Hebrew Character
7x Common Quaker  
1x Oak Beauty
6x Small Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Diurnea fagella [NFG]
1x Emmelina monodactyla [NFY]


Diurnea fagella

Grey Shoulder-knot

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