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

Monday 11 May 2015

An improvement at last.

Last night I tried again in the garden, and after a lovely warm and sunny day the sky clouded over...the breeze dropped and temperatures stayed well about double figures.
By 5am this morning it was nearly light and a quick check of the thermometer revealed 10c.

The catch wasn't huge but it didn't have to be, with several new species added to the year list I was more than happy with 14 moths of 12 species.
Both Least Black Arches and a Pammene (which needs to be checked) were new moths for the garden, Macro no.270 and Micro no.227

Pammene confirmed as Pammene argyrana, a new species for me.

Catch Report -  10/05/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Least Black Arches [NFG]
2x Waved Umber [NFY]
1x Cinnabar [NFY]
1x Buff-tip [NFY]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye [NFY]
1x V-Pug 
1x Brindled Pug

Micro Moths

1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
1x Pammene argyrana [NEW!]
1x Elachista apicipunctella
1x Endrosis sarcitrella
2x Epiphyas postvittana

Pammene argyrana

Waved Umber



Least Black Arches

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