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

Friday 20 April 2018

Tuesday night moths

Well the weather during the daytime has been just glorious with temperatures hitting the low 20's early on in the week and as a result clear skies were the order of the day (or night) and thus come the morning it was a little cool and misty early Wednesday.
The catch wasn't bad at all with 4 new for year species noted and some nice micro moths to pot up and inspect. 
The fourth Oak Nycteoline of the year was also a form i've never seen before which was nice. 

A very grey Mompha epilobiella was also noted, lacking the usual yellowy straw colouration, the markings under a hand lens still corresponded for this species.

Common Quaker saw a massive rise to 25 examples.

Catch Report - 17/04/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Streamer 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 3
Chestnut 1
Clouded Drab 3
Common Quaker 25
Double-striped Pug 5

Early Grey 3
Early Thorn 1
Hebrew Character 10
Small Quaker 4

Micro Moths

Caloptilia semifascia 1 [NFY]
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 2 [NFY]
Mompha epilobiella 1 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1

Caloptilia semifascia

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella

Mompha epilobiella - an unusual colouration


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