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 23 October 2016

Red Underwing is new for the garden!

It had been 4 years since I last saw a Red Underwing, unbelievable really considering 'the guides' say common. Far from it for me!
And the moth gods could have blessed me a pristine example surely for waiting this long? Nope...I get a tatty damaged one :D 
Never mind, still a fabulous moth and I forgot how big they were. 
Apart from that a season first Spruce Carpet (3 examples) and a year first Brown-spot Pinion was noted and also an impressive 9 Amblyptilia Acanthadactyla.
Still catching up but i'm getting there!

Catch Report - 14/09/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Red Underwing 1 [NFG]
Brown-spot Pinion 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 1
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Garden Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 5
Snout 1
Spruce Carpet 3
Vine's Rustic 1
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 9
Bucculatrix ulmella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 4
Epiphyas postvittana 10
Pandemis corylana 1
Plutella xylostella 1

Bucculatrix ulmella

Red Underwing

Spruce Carpet

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