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

Sunday 10 April 2016

Similar catches and then a beauty bumps ino me in the kitchen!

And I mean a moth and not my wife!
The catches are been a little measly the last two nights I ran the trap (Thursday 7 moths and Friday 8 moths) but has kept me going and at least it hasn't ground to a total halt.

Early Greys seem to be at their peak here with 7 seen over two days. 

Last night the Herts Moth group went out in search of the Northern Drab at it's only known Hertfordshire site near Royston at Therfield Heath, the target species was caught as an individual but nevertheless is enough to prove that it still resides there, great job guys and girls who managed to brave the cold night we had last night...a frost this morning it was that nippy!

Planning other trips this week to see if we can find it at other chalky sites in the County.

Back to the beauty and I thought a fly had bumped into me as I made my way into the kitchen to make my breakfast, the presumed fly headed straight for the window and it looked rather moth-like.

Potted up it was a year-first Esperia sulphurella, I intially thought it was a garden first, but I did catch one last year according to my records. Nevertheless it was a pretty cracking looking specimen.

It must have flown in yesterday when we had the french door open.

Here are my reports...

Catch Report - 07/04/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Common Quaker
2x Hebrew Character
3x Early Grey

Micro Moths

None recorded!

Catch Report - 08/04/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Clouded Drab
3x Hebrew Character
2x Early Grey

Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

+ 2x Early Greys to works security light at Popis Garden - Ware.
1x Espheria sulphurella added to the kitchen list* 

Esperia sulphurella

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