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 9 June 2015

Now that's a better migrant!

This morning I was very pleased to find a mint Bordered Straw. It is only my second of this species since starting moth trapping in 2006 and my first Hertfordshire record of one.
My previous record was just over 6 years ago on the 12th August 2009.

Lots and lots of reports of this moth this year as we continue to receive warm Southerly winds from the continent.

Yes it has been warm...but the night time temperatures have been falling considerably and it was rather chilly this morning and I was surprised that there there were still a healthy amount of moths present in and around the trap.

White Ermine returned to the garden after it's absence in 2014.

The yearly running total is now 116 species comprising 76 species of Macro moth and 40 species of Micro moth respectively.

Catch Report -  08/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Bordered Straw [NFG]
1x Pale Tussock [NFY]
1x White Ermine [NFY]
1x Small Square-spot [NFY]
1x Light Emerald
1x Spectacle
1x Large Nutmeg
1x Lesser Swallow Prominent
2x Brown Rustic
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Silver-Y
1x Common Marbled Carpet
10x Heart & Dart
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Swift
1x Common Pug
4x Flame Shoulder
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Vine's Rustic
Micro Moths

1x Eurrhypara hortulata [NFY]
1x Aphomia sociella [NFY]
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Endrosis sarcitrella

Bordered Straw

Small Square-spot

Eurrhypara hortulata


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