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 15 May 2017

More newbies for the year

Another nights moth trapping and with these warmer conditions during the day and being partly cloudy at night the moths are slowly stirring in my garden finally, but still not in great numbers.

There were however 4 new for year and 1 new for garden which is the pending Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella, I say garden but I actually found the mine on a Honeysuckle bush just along the bridlepath but it still fits into my garden tetrad.

Catch Report - 13/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Cabbage Moth [NFY]
1x Green Carpet [NFY]
1x Spruce Carpet [NFY]
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella [ NFG] 
1x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Epiphyas postvittana
Spruce Carpet

Cabbage Moth

Green Carpet

Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella

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