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 7 December 2019

Catching up on moth posts once again.

Never enough time to post about my catches, so here is a brief breakdown of what i've trapped from the 03rd of October. 

2 new Macro's and 1 new Micro for the year during October was pleasing, bringing me to 728 species since August 2012 and 11 new Macro and 25 new Micro moths for 2019 alone and 463 species for 2019 with probably just one expected species now to add, the Winter Moth.

This pales in comparison to 2018 with 529 species recorded and 46 new species added to the garden list.

below are the year totals starting with the first full year in 2013 until present.

Total Garden Lists... 2019 - [463] 2018 - [529] 2017 - [467] 2016 - [372] 2015 - [401] 2014 - [423] 2013 - [385]

My next feat is to list my best moths of the year... coming soon!

Highlights recently were...

Catch Reports - Back Garden - Stevenage

03/10/19 - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Brick 2 [NFY]
Red-line Quaker 1 [NFY]

05/10/19 - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Green-brindled Crescent 1 [NFY]
Grey-pine Carpet 1 [NFY]
Spruce Carpet 1 [NFY]

06/10/19 - 40w Actinic Robinson Trap

Dark Chestnut 1 [NFY]
Musotima nitidalis 1 [NFG]

10/10/19 - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Dotted Chestnut 1 [NFG]
Satellite 1 [Season First]
November Moth sp 1 [NFY]

17/10/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Juniper Carpet 1 [NFY]

20/10/19 - 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Blair's Shoulder-knot 1 [NFY]

23/10/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Feathered Thorn 1 [NFY]
Pine Carpet 1 [NFG]

01/11/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Sprawler 2 [NFY]

22/11/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

December Moth 2 [NFY]

26/11/19 - 125w MV Robinson Trap

Mottled Umber 1 [NFY]
Scarce Umber 1 [NFY]

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Dark Chestnut

Dotted Chestnut

Green-brindled Crescent

Juniper Carpet

Musotima nitidalis

Scarce Umber


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