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

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Last weeks moths

Hello everybody.
Last week I ran the trap on two occasions on the Thursday and the Saturday.
Both catches were quite minimalistic but a good variety was recorded.

The only new moth was a Feathered Thorn on Saturday.

November Moth sp reached a peak on Saturday as well with 7 individuals, two retained to check for possible Autumnal Moths.

Late flyers continue with Common Carpet being the most unusual of the bunch.

Still no Dark Chestnut or Merveille du Jour, both recorded in good numbers in 2012.

A brief post as I have been busy.

Catch Report -  16/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Pink-barred Sallow
3x Satellite
1x Snout
1x Common Carpet
2x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1x November Moth sp
1x Yellow-line Quaker
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Barred Sallow
1x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

2x Acleris sparsana
1x Ypsolopha sylvella
1x Phyllonorycter messaniella
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana

Catch Report -  18/10/14 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Feathered Thorn [NFY]
1x Blair's Shulder-knot
1x Brimstone Moth
7x November Moth sp
1x Sallow
2x Yellow-line Quaker
1x Green-brindled Crescent
1x Chestnut
1x Angle Shades
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Common Marbled Carpet

Micro Moths 

1x Acleris sparsana

Common Carpet

Feathered Thorn

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