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 12 March 2017

A very pleasing weekend catch

An incredibly decent haul for my back garden last night especially in March with 34 moths of 13 species!
The day was very mild at 15 degrees at 3pm and it didn't drop below 11 degrees all night with very little wind and predominantly overcast skies, the scene was set for hopefully some new species to add to my year list.
By 6.30am I wasn't disappointed when I stepped out into the garden and saw moths everywhere, all on the walls and in the trap as well.
Pale Pinion was probably the best of the bunch which I see annually here with one a year from the last 4 years.
The catch comprised of a further 4 new for year species and Hebrew Character was the commonest moth noted with 10 individuals followed closely in second by 7 examples of Agonopterix heracliana.

Catch Report - 11/03/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Double-striped Pug [NFY]
1x Early Grey [NFY]
1x Engrailed [NFY]
1x Oak Beauty [NFY] 
1x Pale Pinion [NFY]
2x Clouded Drab
5x Common Quaker
10x Hebrew Character
1x Small Quaker
Micro Moths

1x Acleris notana/ferrugana
7x Agonopterix heracliana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Tortricodes alternella 

Early Grey


Hebrew Character

Oak Beauty

Pale Pinion

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