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 29 December 2015

An incredible December

It is nearly the end of December and we are still attracting reasonable numbers of moths which is incredible to say the least.
Most nights recently have not dropped below 10 degrees and with the last few nights having minimal wind, the trap was switched on again using the twin 40w Actinic.
Most notable were Double-striped Pug and Spring Usher

Double-striped Pug is my latest record ever by two and a half months (previous latest 09/10/09). 

Spring Usher is my first December record and follows a recent trend by other people reporting early emergences up and down the Country.

Last night I was pleased to add a third latest ever record, a single Plutella xylostella.

Catch Report -  27/12/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 80w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Winter Moth
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Spring Usher

Micro Moths

1x Epiphyas postvittana

Catch Report -  28/12/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 80w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Winter Moth

Micro Moths

2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Plutella xylostella

Double-striped Pug

Spring Usher

Winter Moth

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