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

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Warm weather continues and 300+ for the year

And with the warm weather the moths are still coming, over 60 species again on Saturday night and several year-listers.
It was at this point last year during the Summer heat-wave that I was left questioning what was actually left to turn up, and with 529 species by the end... 2019 has got to go some to even get near that.

Best moth of the night went to Yarrow Pug, a right bruiser of a Pug and annual here now in low numbers.
Spilonota laricana was also great (confirmed by Gen Det by Grame Smith), the less common Spilonota that feeds from Larch. I thought it was new for my garden, but a record from 2015 dissected by Colin Plant proved otherwise!

Garden species count for 2019 now upto 304.

Catch Report - Back Garden - Stevenage - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths

Marbled Beauty 1 [NFY]
Scalloped Oak 1 [NFY]
Yarrow Pug 1 [NFY]

Micro Moths

Carpatolechia fugitivella 1 [NFY]
Galleria mellonella 1 [NFY]
Spilonota laricana 1 [NFY]

Spilonota laricana

Scalloped Oak

Marbled Beauty

Galleria mellonella

Carpatolechia fugitivella

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