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 4 October 2013

Two firsts for the garden brighten my mood somewhat

Both Deep-brown Dart (on the 2nd) and last night a pristine Dusky-lemon Sallow, made it two more species for the all-time garden list and got me rather chuffed.
Both species were regulars on my parents farm despite the latter being quite scarce in the County, in 2011 I managed 3 in one night!

Another new moth for year was a single Red-line Quaker, with freshly emerged Autumn Satellite and Chestnut.

Having kept Wedneday nights catch in pots I completely minimised re-trapping of specimens and it was easier to count the moths this morning (there were just 16!)

Catch Report - 02/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

1x Deep-brown Dart [NFG]
1x Red-line Quaker [NFY]
1x Chestnut
2x Green-brindled Crescent
10x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Satellite
1x Angle Shades
1x Lunar Underwing
1x Barred Sallow
6x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
2x Common Marbled Carpet 

Micro Moths

No Micro's

Catch Report - 03/10/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap 

Macro Moths

1x Dusky-lemon Sallow [NFG]
1x Green-brindled Crescent
2x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Barred Sallow
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Willow Beauty
1x Sallow f.flavescens

Micro Moths

2x Epiphyas postvittana



Dusky-lemon Sallow

With Sallow f.flavescens

Deep-brown Dart

Green-brindled Crescent ab.capucina

Green-brindled Crescent forms

Satellite and Chestnut

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