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

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Garden Catch 26/06/18 - Common but welcome

That was the status of most of the moths in the trap this morning, common yes but alway nice to see for the first time each year.
A rare moth is great and probably the most exciting aspect of moth trapping, but it's also nice to photograph mint examples and new forms of common moths at the same time.
And also not forgetting garden firsts of common moths, like the Brown Scallop that was found on the brick wall behind the trap this morning! Not a particularly colourful moth mind but a welcome addition to the garden list all the same.

Turnip Moth was also present and some lovely forms found, one of which really threw me and resembled a dark Crescent Dart!
2 Yellow Shells brought a splash of yellow, one was particularly fresh despite seemingly missing nearly all of it's antennaes!  
Garden species count for 2018 now upto 275.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 26/06/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Brown Scallop [NFG]
Small Fan-footed Wave
Turnip Moth 4
Yellow Shell 2

Micro Moths

Oegoconia sp

Brown Scallop

Turnip Moth

Turnip Moth

Turnip Moth

Yellow Shell

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