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

Sunday 8 March 2020

Slim pickings even in suitable habitat

Possibly the warmest night of the year last night, and just 4 moths to my garden 125w MV trap, pretty dire and nothing to get excited about, 2 each of March Moth & Common Quaker.

Further afield I ran three traps where I work at a Cressbeds.
Being surrounded by water it does get rather chilly at times, even during clear Summer evenings.

The night had been mild, but far too windy and with a deluge happening at some point during the night, this really did hamper the catch.

Below are my results.

Pick of the bunch was a nice fresh Early Thorn.

Also, a single caddis was in my MV trap, I can't recall ever recording one this early before, I am unsure of the species so any help appreciated.

Next Tuesday I will hopefully get in the 'warmer' woods and try again.

Catch Report - 07/03/20 - Gadesprings Watercress Beds - West Herts

40w Actinic

Common Quaker 1
March Moth 1

40w Actinic + 2x 20w Wemlite

Common Quaker 2
Early Thorn 1
Hebrew Character 1
March Moth 1
Small Quaker 1

125w MV Robinson Trap

Hebrew Character 5
March Moth 2
Caddis sp

Early Thorn

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