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

Saturday 9 February 2019

Mild and breezy, moths start blowing in.

A window of mild weather happened here last week during Wednesday and Thursday, albeit it very wet at times with increasing gusty winds, the MV trap was run on Wednesday night and the Actinic on the Thursday night.
Both nights produced a small selection of seasonal moths, including one new for year species on each outing.
Both March Moth and Tortricodes alternella were added to the year list, the latter isn't that common here, but i've heard reports from some people in the County that they are being inundated with them at the moment!
I took some photos today of some of the moths, and my goodness that was the biggest challenge that this time of year sometimes presents! Wind was whipping through the garden at a great speed, causing the delicate moth wings to splay uncontrollably, luckily patience and many shots later I achieved a few half decent shots.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 8.
Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

March Moth 2 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 3

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Tortricodes alternella 1 [NFY]
Pale Brindled Beauty 1
Spring Usher 1 

Pale Brindled Beauty

Spring Usher

Tortricodes alternella

March Moth

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