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.

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Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

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Saturday 18 September 2021

Moth surveying at Gifford Hall - Suffolk - 16/09/21

I was invited to carry out a moth survey at Gifford Hall in Suffolk.
Thursday had been very pleasant weather-wise, and after that lengthy deluge of rain we had on Tuesday (50mm in around six hours) the ground had dried up somewhat.
I was confident of a good baseline sample of moth species that typically fly at the end of Summer, and the beginning of Autumn.
I was assisted with setting up, and was even given a nice hot brew mid session, we really did need warming up it was that chilly!
It was a real shame as moths were very slow to come to the lights but we persevered until around 11pm when the temperature got a lot cooler.
Best moth of the night was a single Deep-brown Dart which feed predominantly on mature hedgerow species.
Also, a rather nice form of Common Marbled Carpet was good to see alongside the typical 'Orange-blotched' specimens.
I look forward to returning next year for some more surveys as the area is truly stunning!

Catch Report - Gifford Hall - Suffolk - 16/09/21 - 3 traps - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap & 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap & 1x Actinic Trap

Agonopterix heracliana sp 1
Angle Shades 1
Brindled Green 3
Brown-spot Pinion 1
Burnished Brass 1
Centre-barred Sallow 1
Coleophora alcyonipennella 2
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Common Wainscot 15+
Deep-brown Dart 1
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Light Emerald 2
Oak Hook-tip 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 20+
Small Square-spot 1
Snout 5
Square-spot Rustic 15+

Brindled Green

Common Marbled Carpet

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