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

Sunday 19 November 2017

Last time out on Wednesday

Trapping efforts are becoming fewer and farther between now as the weather becomes increasingly cold and damp, it really isn't worth running any traps if the temperature is set to dip below 5 degrees. Coupled with lots of clear skies recently and a few sharp frosts it signals nearly the end of the trapping season now with just Winter Moth expected.

On Wednesday it was a mild day of around 13 degrees and it didn't really drop from this until probably the early hours of the morning where it was still in double figures. Consequently moths did ventture out and 3 new species for the year were added to the list bringing the total upto 467 for the year and amazingly 44 more than the best year previous in 2014.

Lovely to see a large Female Sprawler, a greasy Dark Chestnut and 3 Red-green Carpet at once is unheard of for my garden.

Late species included a translucent Double-striped Pug and a Blastobasis lacticolella.

Catch Report - 15/11/17 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Dark Chestnut [NFY]
3x Red-green Carpet [NFY]
1x Sprawler [NFY]
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Yellow-line Quaker

Micro Moths

1x Blastobasis lacticolella
1x Emmelina monodactyla

Blastobasis lacticolella

Dark Chestnut

Double-striped Pug


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