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

Saturday 26 October 2013

Migrants continue in blustery conditions

Still getting a few moths despite awful localised downpours, clear nights with a bright moon and the wind picking up at times.
It is not going to get any better as there have been warnings issued for stormy conditions Sunday/Monday so I expect the trees will look a lot different after that!
On the moth front I was lucky getting my second Vestal of the year on Thursday night, a darker form this time with a pronounced chip on the wing....I often wonder if some moths have been in someone else's trap before mine and particularly with migrants, who knows! 
Still no Black Rustic, Brick or Merveille.
But I did get some nice Caloptilia's on both the 22nd and the 24th.

Catch Report - 22/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

2x Red-line Quaker
1x Angle Shades
5x Chestnut

Micro Moths

3x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Caloptilia semifascia [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter leucographella
1x Acleris sparsana

Catch Report - 24/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

2x Spruce Carpet
7x November Moth sp
1x Vestal

Micro Moths

3x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Caloptilia rufipennella

Caloptilia rufipennella

Caloptilia semifascia


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