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 11 September 2013

2 underwhelming catches saved by a garden first

Cold and a chilly breeze both mornings and on Monday night I only managed 32 moths in the trap of just 8 species with no micros. The thermometer said 7c at 6am.
I guess Autumn is on it's way. On this same date last year I had 143 moths of 30 species.
I did have a slight reprieve though with a garden first Dark Sword-grass and a new for year Brown-spot Pinion.
The following night I recorded my first Lunar Underwing of the year, a really striking example.

Ypsolopha sylvella was new for the year for the micro's but generally another poor night but with more variety.

Catch Report - 09/09/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Dark-sword Grass [NFG]

1x Brown-spot Pinion [NFY]
5x Vine's Rustic
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
11x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Angle Shades
3x Square-spot Rustic

Micro Moths

None recorded! 

Catch Report - 10/09/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Only extras recorded

Macro Moths

1x Lunar Underwing [NFY]

3x Copper Underwing
3x Brimstone Moth
1x Garden Carpet
1x Turnip Moth
1x Snout
1x Pale Mottled Willow

Micro Moths

1x Ypsolopha sylvella [NFY]
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Lunar Underwing & Brown-spot Pinion

Brown-spot Pinion

Dark Sword-grass

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