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

Friday 27 September 2013

Summer still hanging on

This is evident with the species of moths that I am still getting, with Straw Dot, Light Emerald, Snout and Common Wainscot all featuring in Wednesday nights catch.
I am giving the moths a break until Sunday night now.
New for the year were three Acleris sparsana.

Catch Report - 25/09/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Ranunculus
1x Brown-spot Pinion 
4x Square-spot Rustic
7x Lesser Yellow Underwing
9x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Brimstone Moth
3x Vine's Rustic
8x Lunar Underwing
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character

1x Common Wainscot
2x Snout 
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Light Emerald
1x Garden Carpet
1x Straw Dot
1x Small Dusty Wave
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Turnip Moth

Micro Moths

3x Acleris sparsana [NFY]
2x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Acleris variegana
4x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Acleris sparsana

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