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

Friday 17 April 2020

April showers...from the moths

It's either really good, or really poor here lately, and the moths are really coming in 'dribs & drabs' currently, much like the saying 'April showers' which we never seem to get anymore.

I remember as a kid, February was snow, March was wet and windy and April was sunshine and showers, every year was the same!
Nowadays you just cannot tell what will happen.

The last few times i've trapped, i've barely scraped 10 moths, completely blanking on the 15th, last night just 12 moths were in and around the trap.
Luckily one was a new species for the year, a Shuttle-shaped Dart.

The weather continues to be warmish during the day but still a bit cool for moths.

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 56.

12 moths of 9 species to 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap

Catch Report - 16/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Shuttle-shaped Dart 1 [NFY]

Brindled Pug 3
Common Quaker 1
Clouded Drab 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Early Grey 2
Hebrew Character 1

Streamer 1

Micro Moths

Emmelina monodactlya 1

Shuttle-shaped Dart

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