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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!

KEY

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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Garden Catch 01/07/18 - Jolly start to July!

Onwards I march with my slightly out of date records! July started with a bang, ad a whole host of new additions to the garden year list were noted, but more notably 4 new for garden macro moths, 3 of which were totally unexpected and just not on my radar at all.

Not 1 but 2 migrant Four-spotted Footman (males) were both in the trap, I literally couldn't believe my eyes.
Also Larch Pug is only my second in 12 years and despite being worn, a Green Arches was a little out of it's usual habitat zone of damp carr woodland. 

Scarce Silver-lines was also good to add, but it was a bit bitter-sweet, with it found dead and rolled up in a spider's web, this isn't the first time that this has happened with garden firsts, with both my garden first Eyed Hawk-moth and Early Moth found in a similar state. 

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 307.

Here are the new for year species.


Catch Report - 01/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Four-spotted Footman [NFG]
Larch Pug [NFG]
Scarce Silver-lines [NFG]
Green Arches [NFG]
Marbled Beauty
Phoenix
Satin Beauty
Scalloped Oak
Scorched Carpet
Small Rivulet

Micro Moths

Argyresthia brockeella
Catoptria pinella

Catoptria pinella

Epagoge grotiana

Four-spotted Footman

Four-spotted Footman

Green Arches

Phoenix

Scalloped Oak

Scarce Silver-lines

Small Rivulet

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