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 5 December 2015

The last species for the year...but

Well I think it is farewell to new species for the year now, a sad time for Lepidoptera in this Country, it is strange to think that in some more temperate Countries that moths fly prolifically all year round.
I tried trapping a few times with with MV bulb which returned two blanks late last week.
It was time to break out the reserve light, the 40w Actinic! And i'm glad that I did as I started to catch moths again albeit in minuscule amounts.
Winter Moth was a season first and not an addition to the yearly garden list having caught one in January.
The year list stands at 400 species on the nose, 230 Macros and 170 Micros, a very pleasing figure and 62 new species were added to the garden all-time list which is now 3 years old and 543 species.
I will probably keep trying when the weather is favourable...

Catch Report -  01/12/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

None Recorded

Micro Moths

1x Epiphyas postvittana

Catch Report -  02/12/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Winter Moth

Micro Moths

1x Epiphyas postvittana

1x Emmelina monodactyla

Catch Report -  04/12/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Chestnut

Micro Moths

None recorded!


Winter Moth


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