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 10 June 2017

Garden trapping from Wednesday night

Another night trapping and a few new ones for the year added including my favourite Hawk-moth the Privet Hawk-moth.
An average catch for this time of year but still pleasing all the same, it was a very wet start going through the trap at 5am and i'm glad I didn't risk all of my equipment getting wet out in the field.

Catch Report - 07/06/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Grey Pug [NFY]
1x Phoenix [NFY]
1x Privet Hawk-moth [NFY]
1x Angle Shades 
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Common Swift
2x Common Wainscot
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Green Silver-lines
11x Heart & Dart 
1x Large Nutmeg
4x Marbled Minor 
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Orange Footman
5x Pale Oak Beauty
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot 
2x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1x Spectacle
4x Snout
4x Vine's Rustic
5x Willow Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Pandemis cerasana [NFY]
1x Anania hortulata
1x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Eudonia lacustrata
2x Hedya pruniana
2x Scoparia ambigualis 


Privet Hawk-moth

Pandemis cerasana

Grey Pug

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