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

Friday 5 June 2015

Tipping the ton with 1's and 2's

Well I have reached the sum of 100 species so far this year, with most of the species last night in ones and twos. 
It has taken far longer than any other year on record to reach this amount by nearly two weeks (second to worst year 2013).

New moths for the year included both Marbled and Tawny Marbled Minor, Green Pug, Common Marbled Carpet and Mottled Pug.

The weather has been warm and fine during the day, clouding up early afternoon and then clearing at around 6pm making the night clear and a little cooler than I would like at times. This coupled with a full moon has probably put a dent in numbers in an already poor year for Lepidoptera.

Catch Report -  03/06/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Common Marbled Carpet [NFY]
1x Green Pug [NFY]
1x Mottled Pug [NFY]
1x Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Tawny Marbled Minor [NFY]
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Common Swift
2x Vine's Rustic
2x Garden Carpet
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2x Heart & Dart
1x Iron Prominent
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Orange Footman 

Micro Moths

1x Epiblema cynosbatella
2x Epiphyas postvittana

Green Pug

Mottled Pug

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