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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Thursday 3 October 2013

Catch up after being ill - Garden catch from Sunday night

Hi everyone.
I have only just got round to posting about my catch on Sunday. Since then I have only managed to trap one more time (last night) Both times  have been quite succesful with new moths so I am quite happy.
The good thing about this time of year is that it doesn't take over an hour of sorting before I go to work, this morning took just 10 minutes.
Here is the list from Sunday night, which included 5 new for the year moths. 5x Large Ranunculus were nice to see and I am still getting a flutter of migrant activity with the odd Turnip Moth and a Nomophila noctuella.
Also I trapped a really tiny Common Wainscot, which was smaller than a 5p!

Pictures aren't great as I was fighting with the light.

Edit: Nomophila noctuella is a garden first, so really pleased

Catch Report - 29/09/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

1x Sallow [NFY]
1x Feathered Thorn [NFY]
1x Beaded Chestnut [NFY]
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot[NFY]
1x Green-brindled Crescent [NFY]
5x Large Ranunculus
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
19x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Square-spot Rustic
1x Willow Beauty
4x Barred Sallow
8x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Angle Shades
1x Turnip Moth
1x Lunar Underwing
1x Garden Carpet
1x Common Wainscot

Micro Moths

1x Nomophila noctuella [NFG]
1x Acleris sparsana  
1x Epiphyas postvittana 
1x Acleris variegana 
1x Epinotia ramella

Beaded Chestnut & Green-brindled Crescent

Blair's Shoulder-knot

The price you pay for a 3rd brood

Feathered Thorn

Nomophila noctuella

Sallow & Common Wainscot

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