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

Wednesday 7 October 2015

A garden first

A respectable list last night and some new species added to the year list as well as the garden list.
I probably could have done better had it not chucked it down for nearly an hour at dusk, drenching everything.
Yellow-line Quaker and Blair's Shiulder-knot were new for the year, Deep-brown Dart (albeit a worn example) was a garden tick and the 289th Macro species for the garden since 2012.

More exciting but very drab in appearance was a worn Depressaria chaerophylli, only my second ever record. The keys were checked by Colin Plant to confirm this uncommon species.

Catch Report -  06/10/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Deep-brown Dart [NFG]
1x Yellow-line Quaker [NFY]
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY]
3x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Large Ranunculus
2x Barred Sallow
1x Willow Beauty
1x Herald
2x Snout
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Pale Mottled Willow

Micro Moths

1x Depressaria chaerophylli [NFY]
3x Acleris variegana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Depressaria chaerophylli

Yellow-line Quaker

Deep-brown Dart

Blair's Shoulder-knot

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