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

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Sunday 25 August 2013

A total washout

Well what an absolutely abysmal time we had trapping moths last night. After having rained all day, the rain did let up at about 9pm but what we got instead were strong winds and then the rain returned at about 11pm. The vegetation was so saturated that it probably had a good deal to do with the lack of moths and species coming to light.
Only good numbers of Flame Shoulder and Square-spot Rustic were recorded, the rest was just dross.
Still, we had a small gathering of hardy Herts moth group members and we congregated in one of the sheds and put the world to rights with deep conversation, sometimes veering off moth related topics. All good fun!

Catch Report - 24/08/13 - Braughing Farmland - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap, 1x 160w MBT Trap and Actinic trap.

Macro Moths

1x Feathered Gothic

1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Straw Dot
1x Orange Swift
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Six-striped Rustic
2x Purple Bar
2x Angle Shades
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Centre-barred Sallow
4x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Yellow Shell
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Dark Arches
2x Green Carpet
2x Silver-Y
2x Straw Dot
1x Common Carpet
1x Brimstone
2x Square-spotted Clay
20+ Square-spot Rustic
20+ Flame Shoulder
1x Dart sp to be confirmed 
1x Copper Underwing sp

Micro Moths

15+ Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Agapeta hamana
5x Catoptria falsella
5x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1x Elachista sp
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Ephestia parasitella

1x Blastobasis adustella
4x Agriphila tristella
1x Agonopterix alstomeriana
1x Agriphila straminella
2x Agriphila geniculea
1x Pandemis heparana
1x Evergestis forficalis

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