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

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Trickling into May

Two more recent catches which I will keep brief as they were just that!

Of note, Nematopogon swammerdamella was on the side of the trap come Monday morning, not a common moth in my garden and my only encounter previously was in the daytime in 2015.

Along with 3 other new for year species, Flame Shoulder, Brimstone Moth, Mompha subbistrigella and Agonopterix arenella (last seen in 2014!)

Catch Report - 30/04/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap – Full cloud cover mild with a rain shower but cool and clear by 6am

Macro Moths

2x Brimstone Moth [NFY]
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Micro Moths

1x Mompha subbistrigella [NFY]
1x Nematopogon swammerdamella [NFY]
1x Anthophila fabriciana (daytime)
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Epiphyas postvittana

Catch Report - 01/05/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 2x 20w Actinic Robinson Trap – Partly cloudy and breezy, cool by 6am, 4 degrees

Macro Moths

1x Flame Shoulder [NFY]

Micro Moths

1x Agonopterix arenella [NFY]

Brimstone Moth 1

Brimstone Moth 2

Nematopogon swammerdamella

Agonopterix arenella

Flame Shoulder

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