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 23 May 2018

A drop in temperature and a drop in wattage

A run of cold, clear nights at the middle of last week made sure that the trap was switched off.

Come last Friday, the trap was back on but the temperature was still a little cool for my liking.

Therefore i've devised a plan that if it's predicted to be cool and clear then I will run the 125w bulb, but if it looks 'good' (which in my book is cloudy and minimum 8-10c) then the 250w clear and frosted bulbs get some action.

There were just two new for year species in the trap, but observed in the daytime were a further 3 which bolstered the list a little more.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 98.

Here is last Friday's new for year species.

Catch Report - 18/05/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Cabbage Moth 1
Grey/Dark Dagger 2 (Daytime)

Micro Moths 

Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
Cauchas rufimitrella 10+ (Daytime)
Pyrausta aurata 1 (Daytime)

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Cabbage Moth

Cauchas rufimitrella

Grey/Dark Dagger

Pyrausta aurata

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