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 29 November 2014

Macro no.264 for the Garden

Well last week wasn't very fruitful on the moths front again.
On Sunday night I ran the trap for just a single December Moth albeit a male this time and boy was it tiny!
On Thursday night I decided to try again, and within about an hour of the light being on I had a new macro moth for the garden, a fresh Pale Pinion was sitting on the fence adjacent to the trap.

Excited by the find I decided to keep running the trap all night in hope for something else, and luckily other things turned up, a stunning Red-green Carpet, two Epiphyas postvittana's and a Plutella xylostella were all I could manage. But for one moth that makes it up to 264 species of macro for the garden since August 2012 it was all worth it.

Here is a brief summary of the species recorded in my garden since moving in on August 2012.

Macro Moths

2012 = 80 Macros      Total Garden list = 264
2013 = 225 Macros
2014 = 231 Macros (30 new this year)

Micro Moths

2012 =  54 Micros Total Garden list = 225
2013 =  159 Micros
2014 =  191 Micros (60 new this year)

Pale Pinion

December Moth - Male

1 comment:

  1. Your blog is a fantastic resource. Too bad I'm across the pond and we share few species. My mothing is much more haphazard and less informed. One of too many irons I have in the fire.