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 18 May 2015

New Noctuids

Last night I ran the trap again, after a pretty poor catch of 4 moths on Friday, I was (after reading many other people's reports) hopeful of some new species for the year.
The numbers are still pretty low but as long as different species keep putting in an appearance it seems to boost morale.
Four moths were newbies this morning, all Macro moths.
Conditions have been far from perfect with wind, rain and cool nights, last night was quite calm considering and the rain did hold off until 5.45am just as I had finished sorting through the catch.

Catch Report -  17/05/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Bright-line Brown-eye [NFY]
2x Ingrailed Clay [NFY]
1x Vine's Rustic [NFY]
1x Garden Carpet [NFY]
1x Waved Umber
1x Brimstone Moth
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

1x Nut-tree Tussock

Micro Moths

1x Mompha subbistrigella

Vine's Rustic

Ingrailed Clay

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