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

Monday 28 April 2014

Species count goes up!

A small catch but with a superb variety of moths. 5 new for years is nothing to complain about and nor is two new for gardens either. Considering the cool conditions again this morning it was a surprise to say the least!
The next few days are set to stay unsettled with sunshine and showers being the flavour of the week. 
Lets all hope we can get the traps out despite the weather forecasters trying to poo poo us with threats of rain...back of Mr Fish :)


Catch Report - 27/04/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Pale Mottled Willow [NFY]
1x Garden Carpet [NFY]
1x Spectacle [NFY]
2x Hebrew Character 
2x Brimstone Moth   
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths 

1x Elachista albifrontella [NFG]
1x Monopis laevigella [NFG]
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella [NFY]
1x Evergestis forficalis [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter messaniella
1x Alucita hexadactyla


Pale Mottled Willow

Evergestis forficalis

Elachista albifrontella

Monopis laevigella

Phyllonorycter harrisella

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