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

Saturday 8 April 2017

Warm days, cool nights

Have been preventing me from trapping regularly this week.
In fact i've only tried on Monday and Thursday night this week, but hoping to fire the trap up tonight as we have had a warm day of 20 degrees again, sadly there is no cloud again.

Thursday night's catch was low but quality over quantity was the order of the day, with a garden first Lunar Marbled Brown (Shame about the bald head!).

And after five years of waiting! Well chuffed and surprisingly there were 9 other moths including a year first Brindled Pug in and around the trap. 

All of the moths came to the twin 20w Wemlite Actinic. 

This is a milestone for Macro Moth records in my garden as it's my 300th species so far and the 581st species of Moth recorded overall.

Also the warm weather seems to have brought things out in the daytime with a Ruby Tiger spotted flying around works garden on Friday and also yesterday whilst weeding the garden, a year first Epermenia chaerophyllella was potted up.

Catch Report - 06/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Clear/Cold - min 6c

Macro Moths

1x Lunar Marbled Brown [NFY]
1x Brindled Pug [NFY]
1x Common Quaker
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Early Grey
3x Hebrew Character
Micro Moths

1x Emmelina monodactyla

Brindled Pug

Epermenia chaerophyllella

Lunar Marbled Brown (Macro no 300)

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