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

Wednesday 11 October 2017

A very pleasing catch last night

Warm and breezy conditions are the flavour recently with highs of 18 degrees and a mixture of sunshine and showers but with these warm conditions finally moths are rearing their heads again and after a few poor catches recently of just a handful of moths, it was all systems go this morning with 28 moths of 18 species. 
3 new species were added to the yearly list and other highlights included three migrant species, Scarce Bordered Straw (the 2nd for the garden), Silver-Y (47th this year) and Udea ferrugalis (5th this year).
The Scarce Bordered Straw was a vey tiny individual and could well be a British grown off-spring and not a true migrant at all. 

With the warmth continuing to push in from the near continent things are set to be even milder ino the weekend.

Traps out people as it's also National Moth Weekend.
Catch Report - 10/10/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Brick [NFY]
1x Blair's Shoulder-knot [NFY] 
1x November Moth sp [NFY]
2x Barred Sallow
2x Chestnut
1x Dusky Thorn
1x Feathered Thorn
3x Green-brindled Crescent
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Mallow
1x Scarce Bordered Straw
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Silver-Y

Micro Moths

1x Acleris sparsana
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Udea ferrugalis

Blair's Shoulder-knot



Green-brindled Crescent ab.capucina

Scarce Bordered Straw

Udea ferrugalis

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