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 25 October 2014

A new moth for me

Some better catches last week in the garden, and some nice surprises as well kept the interest up somewhat.
On Monday night the weather was relatively mild in the evening and seemed like a good night to try for a few moths.
Mottled Umber was new for the year, Brick had a great flurry with 3 individuals (not a common moth for me) and late mots continued to fly including Shuttle-shaped Dart and Carcina quercana.
Bedellia somnulentella was a completely new moth for me, a Bindweed leaf-miner, and one I intially dis-regarded as a Caloptilia.

On Thursday it was mild again and by Friday moning a whole host of interesting moths graced the trap, Buff Footman was my latest ever record, and Orange Sallow was another garden first (albeit very worn)
Lovely forms of Acleris sparsana and Chestnut were nice to photograph.

Two garden firsts in one week was definitely a reason to feel like it was all worth it.

Catch Report -  20/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths
1x Mottled Umber [NFY]
1x Grey-pine Carpet
1x Red-line Quaker

1x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Brick
1x Willow Beauty
1x Chestnut 
1x Feathered Thorn
1x Barred Sallow
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
Micro Moths

1x Bedellia somnulentela [NEW!]
1x Acleris sparsana
1x Carcina quercana
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Plutella xylostella

Catch Report - 23/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Orange Sallow [NFG]
1x Red-green Carpet
3x November Moth sp

1x Buff Footman
1x Red-line Quaker
3x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Barred Sallow
1x Chestnut
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Satellite

Micro Moths

3x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Acleris schalleriana
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Orange Sallow


Buff Footman


Acleris sparsana

Mottled Umber

Bedellia somnulentela

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