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 2 May 2019

Mullein Moth May

A pretty good night here in built up Stevenage! with 20 moths of 9 species gracing the trap come the morning, there may have been a few more that I had missed as I got up late to check it, expecting very little.
Also surprising was 3 new for year species.

Another surprise was a garden record count of 10 Shuttle-shaped Darts in one sitting.

The night-time temps held up well at around 8c minimum, far warmer than the previous night's 5 degrees!
From now on, it's looking a little grim isn't it.
I will chance a trap here and there, but field trips will probably be on hold next week.

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 60.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 125w Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Mullein 1 [NFY]
Pale Mottled Willow 2 [NFY]
Brimstone Moth 1
Brindled Pug 1
Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
Oak-tree Pug 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 10

Micro Moths

Tinea trinotella 2 [NFY]
Emmelina monodactyla 1


Pale Mottled Willow

Tinea trinotella

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