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 7 May 2016

Picking up...but still clearing skies

Yesterday was a scorching day with highs of 22 degrees, minimal breeze and plenty of sunshine which did turn hazy by the afternoon, in fact it was quite cloudy at 4pm.

At work I saw plenty of Holly Blues and Brimstones and one
Argyrotaenia ljungiana was a year first sighting.

By 8.30pm the trap was lit up and the sky was clear again, I can't remember the last cloudy night we had!

16 moths of 9 species was reasonable for my garden this time of year as we cross over from Orthosia's to move varied families of moths, namely the Prominents and Geometers. 
New for year were Garden Carpet, Waved Umber and Mompha subbisttrigella

The species list stands at 35 for the year.

Today has been even warmer at just a shade under 24 degrees here, in fact as I write it is still 23 degrees and promises to be a cloudy but possibly stormy night. Nevertheless the trap is going out again as I have so much catching up to do it is quite absurd! 

Tomorrow night will see me on my third field trip of the year. Good luck all over the next few nights.

Catch Report - 06/05/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Garden Carpet [NFY]
1x Waved Umber [NFY]
2x Early Grey
2x Hebrew Character
1x Streamer
5x Double-striped Pug 
1x Angle Shades

Micro Moths

1x Mompha subbistrigella [NFY]
2x Emmelina monodactyla

Waved Umber

Mompha subbistrigella

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