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

Thursday 10 November 2016

The end of September and a drop in numbers

At the end of September, numbers of moths typically drop off and it was exactly the case again this year. Pleasingly though I was rewarded with some new moths for the year.
The weather was a reasonably mild after Sunday night's ridiculously cold conditions that we braved whilst out on a field trip!
Lovely to get my first Merveille du Jour of the year and a Deep-brown-dart which is seldom seen in my garden.

A distinct lack of smaller moths to the trap was noticed and the best garden count of Angle Shades in one night of 6 individuals.

Catch Report - 28/09/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Deep-brown Dart 1 [NFY]
Merveille du Jour 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 2
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Garden Carpet 1
Large Ranunculus 1
Silver-Y 1

Micro Moths

Epiphyas postvittana 5

Catch Report - 29/09/16 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Beaded Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Blair's Shoulder-knot 1 [NFY]
Angle Shades 6
Chestnut 1
Large Yellow Underwing 15
Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Lunar Underwing 12

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Beaded Chestnut

Blair's Shoulder-knot


Merveille du Jour

Deep-brown Dart

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