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 5 April 2020

A vast improvement even under clear chilly skies

Last night was clear and cool, but the temperature held up enough after dusk to allow some moths to take interest in the trap.
After a high of 16 degrees, things are starting to emerge, slowly I must add.

I trialled my twin 6w disco lights also in the side alleyway and this yielded 4 moths in 2 hours, a pleasing result.

There weren't many moths come dawn, less than 10 but with 3 new for year species.
It's quite often the case for my garden that I do get a good variety of species, but lack the sheer numbers of some people's gardens.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 34.

Catch Report - 04/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Twin 6w USB UV led disco strip lights on Heath trap

Macro Moths

Clouded Drab 1
Hebrew Character 3

125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

Brindled Beauty 1 [NFY]

Early Thorn 1 [NFY]
Shoulder Stripe 1 [NFY]
Brindled Pug 1
Common Quaker 2
Hebrew Character 1
Small Quaker 1
Twin-spotted Quaker 1

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactyla 1

Twin 6w USB UV LED

125w MV Robinson Trap

Brindled Beauty

Early Thorn

Shoulder Stripe

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