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

Monday 27 August 2018

Garden Catch 25/06/18 - Trapping every night brings new species

I seem to be trapping every night currently with these extremely warm conditions, and not just during the daytime, where highs of 28 degrees have become the norm lately.
With partly cloudy skies and no wind, catches have been huge for my small sub-urban/semi-rural garden.
The large and impressive Swallow-tailed Moth is a sight to behold each year, they always do very well in my garden and always remind me of Trpoical species of Uraniidae, some of which I was lucky to see in Thailand in 2011.
Engrailed was back as a smaller second generation and a few more common species bolstered the list to only 3 new species for the year mind, but with 72 species in total it was a pretty good catch.
Garden species count for 2018 now upto 270.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 25/06/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Double Square-spot
Single-dotted Wave
Swallow-tailed Moth 2

Micro Moths

None Recorded!

Single-dotted Wave

Double Square-spot

Acentria emphemerella in there 10's!

Swallow-tailed Moth

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