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 24 September 2015

A better night under cloudy skies

A better catch last night and a few more species ticked off for the year, Beaded Chestnut being right on cue, the past 3 Autumns have seen it arrive on the 29th, 23rd and now the 23rd of September again. 2012's first record was in November as a comparison.

The Black Rustic is always a favourite of mine and a nice fresh one to photograph this time.

Spruce Carpet was a seasonal first, it being only my second record all year of this species.

Catch Report -  23/09/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Black Rustic [NFY]
1x Beaded Chestnut [NFY]
1x Spruce Carpet
1x Barred Sallow
1x Garden Carpet
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
18x Large Yellow Underwing
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
6x Vine's Rustic
4x Lunar Underwing
3x Square-spot Rustic
1x Angle Shades
1x Silver-Y

Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Blastobasis adustella
5x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Pandemis corylana
2x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Beaded Chestnut

Spruce Carpet

Black Rustic

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