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 30 April 2015

Crawling to a standstill

Slow is the word I keep hearing from every moth'er up and down the Country and in my part of England things are just as bad.
I was quite prepared for a lull between Spring and Summer but have we ever had it this bad? Looking back over the years it has never ground to a halt like it has this year.
Do we once again blame the mild and relatively frost free winter for the disappearance of our moths? The theory that parasites are not killed off and therefore thrive and attack the larvae of our beloved Lepidoptera friends...we shall never know.
Just 5 moths in the trap on Sunday night under 'ok' conditions in my book.
Alucita hexadactyla making it a new one for the year.

Actually I was also lucky to add another newbie, a tiny little Elachista, which on closer inspection turned out to be Elachista apicipunctella a garden regular this time of year.

Catch Report -  26/04/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common Quaker
1x Clouded Drab
1x Early Grey
1x Hebrew Character

Micro Moths

1x Alucita hexadactyla [NFY]
1x Elachista apicipunctella [NFY] - Daytime (28/04/15)

Elachista apicipunctella

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