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

Sunday 14 October 2018

Garden Catch 20/07/18 - New for garden Hoary!

A mixed bag of super moths greeted me when I opened the trap up on the 22nd of July... I say the 22nd, the catch was from the 21st as it seems the way to record moths, is by going on the date that it was when you turned your light on (Even though half the night is after 12am and into the next date).
This has been nationally adopted I believe and i've not heard of anyone doing it differently?

As it was a warm night, I swapped over the choke boxes and lit up the 250w Clear bulb.

Highlights were...

Hoary Footman, new for garden! I expected it to turn up soon as it is becoming more frequent i the County in recennt years.

Bordered Pug, a Pug species on the increase here.

Calamotropha paludella which as only the second garden record of this predominantly wetland species.

Garden species count for 2018 now upto 416.

Here are the new for year species.

Catch Report - 21/07/18 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Hoary Footman [NFG]
Bordered Pug
Maple Pug
Small Yellow Wave

Micro Moths

Acleris laterana/comariana
Calamotropha paludella
Paraswammerdamia albicapitella
Rhopobota naevana

Acleris laterana/comariana

Bordered Pug

Calamotropha paludella

Hoary Footman

Maple Pug

Paraswammerdamia albicapitella

Rhopobota naevana

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