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

Thursday 10 October 2013

Garden catch pre-North winds

On Sunday night I ran the garden trap again and I didn't do too bad at all, with
44 moths of 18 species present in the morning.
Highlights were my second garden Dark Sword-grass, 5x Red-line Quaker's, and year firsts of Mallow and Red-green Carpet.
The weather was warm and mild, but by the evening the sky had cleared and come the morning it was around 12 degrees (about what today has been during the day!)

Catch Report - 06/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

1x Red-green Carpet [NFY]
1x Mallow [NFY]
1x Large Ranunculus 
1x Beaded Chestnut
1x Satellite
2x Barred Sallow
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Dark Sword-grass
5x Red-line Quaker
1x Green-brindled Crescent
2x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Spruce Carpet
9x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Chestnut

Micro Moths

5x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Acleris sparsana

Spruce Carpet


Red-green Carpet

Dark Sword-grass

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