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

Friday 17 June 2016

Wednesday night in the garden trap

I set the trap up again to come on with the timer switch as I would be out late.
Heart & Darts have suddenly crept up in numbers to 15 now. 
What was nice to see and add was a further six new species for the year.

Catch Report - 15/06/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Common Footrman [NFY]
1x Ghost Moth [NFY]
1x Dark Arches [NFY]
1x Cinnabar [NFY]
2x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Clouded Border
2x Willow Beauty
3x Ingrailed Clay
15x Heart & Dart
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Garden Carpet
5x Large Nutmeg
2x Common Swift
1x Flame Shoulder
2x Green Silver-lines
1x Green Carpet 
1x Brown Rustic

Micro Moths

1x Torrix viridana [NFY]
1x Crambus perlella [NFY]
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella 
1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Anania hortulata
4x Celypha striana
1x Scoparia ambigualis 
3x Plutella xylostella

Common Footman

Crambus perlella

Ghost Moth

Tortrix viridana

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