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

Saturday 26 September 2015

GMS trapping proves very successful

A great haul for my latest GMS 'Garden Moth Scheme' contribution with some lovely Autumn species turning up now, not in huge numbers like the Summer species but very welcome indeed where the colour has been predominantly brown for the past 3 weeks or so.
Orange Sallow was a second garden record and Brindled Green I didn't see at all last year. 
The night was blooming cold and I did not expect this many moths.

Photography was a bit of a disaster, for starters the other form of Acleris variegana just went skywards before I could take the picture and the Acleris sparsana is just plain nuts and won't settle down, so photo of that later!

47 moths of  20 species.

Catch Report -  25/09/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brown-spot Pinion [NFY]
1x Orange Sallow [NFY]
1x Brindled Green [NFY]
1x Willow Beauty
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
10x Large Yellow Underwing
5x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3x Vine's Rustic
8x Lunar Underwing
2x Square-spot Rustic
1x Silver-Y
2x Light Emerald
2x Common Wainscot

Micro Moths

1x Acleris sparsana [NFY]
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Cacoecimorpha pronubana
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Acleris variegana 

Orange Sallow

Brindled Green

Brown-spot Pinion

Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Acleris variegana

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