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

Thursday 11 October 2018

Garden Catch 19/07/18 - Summer is never-ending

Wow, what another good night. This summer really has been incredible and looking back on the species i've seen, I have been extremely lucky!

Best moth of the night was a garden first Dichrorampha vancouverana, that's two new Dichrorampha species for the garden this year alone, this being my girst ever.
But just as good was a new record for the garden of Scoparia basistrigalis, I had been expecting it to turn up evetually, it's a really large Scoparid and very distinctive if you've seen them before (Which I had commonly already this year at Home Wood). 

Those two additions bring the garden micro list to 325 in 6 years with 19 species added to it during this year up until now.

Two second garden records of Mompha raschkiella and Hedya salicella were most welcome also

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 401.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 19/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Wormwood Pug

Micro Moths

Dichrorampha vancouverana [NEW!] [NFG] 
Scoparia basistrigalis [NFG]
Caloptilia betulicola
Hedya salicella
Hypsopygia glaucinalis
Mompha raschkiella

Caloptilia betulicola

Wormwood Pug

Scoparia basistrigalis

Mompha raschkiella

Hypsopygia glaucinalis

Hedya salicella

Dichrorampha vancouverana

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