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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Healthy haul headed by a migrant

Another warm nights mothing was to be had on the night of 05th of October where the MV attracted 17 species which is pretty good for my garden.
The best moth of the night was only the 4th yearly record of the migrant Nomophila noctuella despite some reports of people catching them in their 10's in a single trap this year.

Yellow-line Quaker was new for year and it was nice to get a comparison shot between the Male and Female Shuttle-shaped Darts (You can just make out the more feathered antennae on the Male).

Catch Report - 05/10/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Yellow-line Quaker 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 3
Barred Sallow 2
Beaded Chestnut 1
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Green-brindled Crescent 1
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Satellite 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 4
Willow Beauty 1

Micro Moths

Amblyptilia acanhdactyla 1
Blastyobasis lacticolella 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Nomophila noctuella 1
Plutella xylostella 3

Angle Shades

Yellow-line Quaker

Nomophila noctuella

Shuttle-shaped Dart pair

Beaded Chestnut

1 comment:

  1. Not seen an angle shades, or indeed many moths "in the wild" this year