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 22 May 2014

Weeee are the Campions...o wait er.

A bit cooler last night in the garden and clear skies by this morning.
Not a bad turn out at all with a further 6 new ones for the year.

Campion was the best moth of the night as I only usually see singles of these every year.

The next few nights look quite stormy and unsettled, I think I need some extra sleep!

Edit: Another trip tonight to write up tomorrow...I got a bit wet :s

Catch Report - 20/05/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

3x Common Swift [NFY]
1x Campion [NFY]
1x Silver-Y [NFY]
3x Treble Lines [NFY]
1x Ingrailed Clay [NFY]
1x Buff Ermine [NFY]
2x Common Marbled Carpet
15x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Vine's Rustic
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Pale Mottled Willow
2x Orange Footman
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Clouded Silver
5x Rustic Shoulder-knot
3x Flame Shoulder
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Willow Beauty
1x Spectacle
2x Heart & Dart

Micro Moths 

1x Phyllonorycter messaniella
2x Eurrhypara hortulata
3x Epiblema cynosbatella
1x Evergestis forficalis
2x Argyresthia spinosella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Rhyacionia pinivorana

Buff Ermine


Common Swift

1 comment:

  1. My goodness Ben! These catches are phenomenal. I'd have lost count very early on. I very much agree with you about welcoming the wetter weather, just so that we can have a breather and a catch up.

    btw, if you happen to be visiting the excellent Upper Thames Moths blog, you'll see a pic of what I thought was a Dog's Tooth. Dave Wilton thought so too but Marc Botham thinks it may be a Pale-shouldered Brocade I'd be very interested to know your opinion - in due course, no rush

    Thanks again for all your expertise and happy trapping!