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

Monday 10 April 2017

Another new moth!

And not just for the garden this time, actually for me and my 11 years of recording Lepidoptera!
I never thought I would ever catch one in my garden and my money was catching one on a field trip, in fact I got very close a few years ago when I did a field trip to Hemel Hempstead, stayed until 1am and after I had left David Kirk continued to run his trap overnight at Gadesprings Watercress Beds. By the morning he had one!
I'm talking about the Brindled Beauty moth, a moth that has avoided me so many times despite regular trapping efforts early on in the year.
It seems to be an uncommon moth from feedback I got from others in the County.

Dead chuffed and despite a small catch I was suitably pleased.

Catch Report - 08/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 6c

Macro Moths

1x Brindled Beauty [NFG]
2x Common Quaker
2x Double-striped Pug
1x Early Grey
2x Hebrew Character
1x Pale Pinion
Micro Moths

1x Alucita hexadactyla [NFY]
1x Epiphyas postvittana

Alucita hexadactyla

Brindled Beauty

Pale Pinion

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