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 1 September 2015

Looking for the Summer....

Cue Chris Rea's fantastic single, although he was singing it during Spring, it still feels like we are changing seasons rapidly at the moment and with not many opportunities to put the trap out lately here are two catches from the end of last month.
Stuff of note was a second garden record of Least Yellow Underwing, a rather late Green Carpet (although I have recorded these in September before) and a stunning Orange-coloured Common Wainscot.
The two catches are below, very minimalistic unfortunately! 

Hopefully awaiting some more immigration at some point as the coast is currently heaving with all sorts coming from the continent. 

Catch Report -  27/08/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Least Yellow Underwing [NFY]
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
10x Willow Beauty
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
14x Square-spot Rustic
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
9x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Spectacle
8x Vine's Rustic
18x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Straw Underwing
8x Orange Swift
1x Silver-Y
1x Brimstone Moth
1x Small Blood-vein
1x Green Carpet
1x Light Emerald

Micro Moths

2x Argyresthia albistria
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Phyllonorycter leucographella

Catch Report - 30/08/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
4x Willow Beauty
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
15x Square-spot Rustic
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
7x Vine's Rustic
2x Riband Wave
1x Pale Mottled Willow
17x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Orange Swift
1x Common Wainscot
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Garden Carpet
2x Light Emerald

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Agriphila geniculea
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Agriphila straminella
1x Cydia splendana

Common Wainscot

Least Yellow Underwing

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Argyresthia albistria

Phyllonorycter leucographella

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