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 4 September 2018

Garden Catch 28/06/18 - Just incredible

After that huge catch from the field trip the previous night (Which I was still recovering from, having got home at nearly 4am and then up at 7am!) the weather still looked good enough to trap once again in the garden.
This year I really have ran my trap a lot! The continued warm days and mostly warm nights have contributed to my efforts and I have been rewarded by bothering to get up at 4am, morning after morning.
Of course garden mothing is a whole lot easier than lugging gear 300 metres in questionable terrain, and it's bad enough setting it all up in the daylight let alone packing it all away in the dark at 2am.

But still there is something special about attaining that garden list and it will and does constantly surprise me with what turns up.

Best Mcacros of the night were a fresh Leopard Moth, a garden 2nd Rufous Minor (checked) and a lovely Small Ranunculus. 
The best Micro was only the 2nd garden record of the Lesser Wax Moth, Achroia grisella.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 283.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 28/06/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Leopard Moth
Rufous Minor
Small Ranunculus

Micro Moths

Achroia grisella
Aphelia paleana
Argyresthia albistria
Carcina quercana
Endotricha flammealis

Achroia grisella

Aphelia paleana

Argyresthia albistria

Leopard Moth

Rufous Minor

Small Ranuculus

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