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

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Small by name, not by representation

Abit milder reacently at night due to more cloud cover, but with that we have had showers on and off and particularly heavy ones at that, especially during the daytime.

A few more new moths for the year last night.

Best of all was a single Dwarf Pug, which feeds on Coniferous trees of which there seems to be very little around here so a nice surprise.

Dwarf it certainly isn't, being slightly bigger than the Common and Double-striped Pugs I have had recently!
A much better example than last year aswell, but could I get the damn thing to pose! A pot shot had to do today. 

It being only my 4th personal record, but remarkably we had 5 on a field trip last year.

My records are as follows

Hatfield Broad Oak TL546166    19 Ben Sale Ben Sale 16/05/2009 1 160W MBT  Adult
Hatfield Broad Oak TL546166    19 Ben Sale Ben Sale 08/06/2010 1 MV Trap (125W)  Adult
Balls Wood             TL3410         20 Ben Sale Colin Plant 26/05/2012 5 7x MV Traps  Adult
Bayfordbury            TL319102    20 Ben Sale Ben Sale 29/05/2012 1 MV Trap (125W)  Adult

Catch Report - 28/05/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Dwarf Pug [NFG]
1x Waved Umber [NFG]

1x Nut-tree Tussock
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Garden Carpet

Micro moths

1x Endrosis sarcitrella [NFY]
1x Epiphyas postvittana

Dwarf Pug from last night

Dwarf Pug from last year


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