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 12 November 2015

Two more catches

Well I got my wish of just a common migrant, I got a Silver Y on Tuesday night, but unfortunately no rarities, never mind I was very happy to see two lovely little Caloptilia semifascia's, last year I only saw one post hibernation in April, but the two previos years I recorded them in Autumn.
Not much elese of note apart from another Tachystola acroxantha, the 4th for the year now and my latest records of Large Yellow Underwing, Common Marbled Carpet and Barred Sallow so far.....
The weather has been quite dramatic lately with strong SW winds and warm nights, on Sunday night the temperature didn't drop below 14 degrees!

Catch Report -  08/11/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Common Marbled Carpet

1x Red-green Carpet
1x Barred Sallow
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Yellow-line Quaker
1x Red-line Quaker
1x Spruce Carpet

Micro Moths

2x Caloptilia semifascia [NFY]
5x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Tachystola acroxantha

Catch Report -  10/11/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Red-green Carpet
1x Sprawler
1x December Moth
1x Silver Y
1x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths

2x Acleris notana/ferrugana
2x Acleris schalleriana
7x Epiphyas postvittana 

Epiphyas postvittana

Caloptilia semifascia's

Acleris notana/ferrugana

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