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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Thursday 9 May 2019

Field Trip - Basil's Park/Bramfield Woods - 08/05/19 - Hertfordshire

Wet, wet and even wetter was the theme for this brief visit to Bramfield Woods, where we only ran traps for approximately 30 minutes, and then decided to pull the plug and pack up, what a disaster!
The forecast was for light rain to ease by around 10pm, in fact it got heavier and persistent and upon driving home just after 10, the roads were flooded in places.

We did catch moths though! Even in that short space of time we amassed 10 species, with 3 found in my car when I got home! 

The only new addition to the site list was a really washed out Green Silver-lines, usually a beautiful fresh green colour, I guess the weather had really taken its toll on this poor individual.

Also of note was a single Lobesia reliquana, only my second ever of this species (the first in pretty much the same area of Bramfield Woods). This is a rare moth for Herts currently.

On the positive side, we need the rain and this will hopefully promote fresh emergences of different species once the weather improves again.

8 Macro and 2 Micro species recorded.

Total : 10 species 

1 species was added to the site list which now stands at 94 species for 2019.

Catch Report - 08/05/19 - Hertfordshire - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic & 40w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 4 traps in total + 2 extra traps provided by Trevor

Macro Moths

Brimstone Moth 1
Dwarf Pug 1

Green Silver-lines 1
Lobster Moth 1

Orange Footman 1
Purple Thorn 1 
Small White Wave 1
Spruce Carpet 1

Micro Moths

Lobesia reliquana 1

Nematopogon swammerdamella 1

Dwarf Pug

Green Silver-lines

Lobesia reliquana

Spruce Carpet

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