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 4 October 2014

A great start to October

The trap was out on Wednesday anticipating some more Autumn moths, and come the morning the trap was not as busy as it has been but the lack of moths was made up by new moths for the year and seasonal firsts, by seasonal firsts I mean the moths that I had trapped in the Spring, namely Grey Shoulder-knot ( Last seen 29/03/14), Chestnut (31/03/14) and Acleris schalleriana (17/02/14).

Firsts for the year included Blair's Shoulder-knot, Red-line Quaker and Acleris sparsana.

Catch Report - 01/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY]
1x Red-line Quaker [NFY]
1x Grey Shoulder-knot
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Yellow-line Quaker
2x Snout
1x Rosy Rustic
7x Lunar Underwing
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Grey-pine Carpet
1x Vine's Rustic
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
5x Large Yellow Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Acleris sparsana [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana
2x Acleris schalleriana
1x Clepsis consimilana
1x Archips podana
2x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Acleris sparsana

Blair's Shoulder-knot


Red-line Quaker

Grey Shoulder-knot

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