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 24 August 2012

First garden trap - 17-08-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Well here it is, the first catch from my new garden.
Was pleasantly surprised with the variety, and not too much to identify.

Best moths were singles of both Square-spotted Clay and Epinotia ramella

Catch Report  -17-08-12  -Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Orange Swift
10x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3x Black Arches
8x Square-spot Rustic
20x Willow Beauty
3x Dun-bar
12x Riband Wave
3x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Common Swift
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Magpie Moth
1x Yellow Shell
1x Copper Underwing
1x Square-spotted Clay
1x Marbled Beauty
1x Lesser-spotted Pinion
1x Straw Underwing
1x Common Rustic
1x Straw Dot
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Micro Moths

5x Agriphila tristella
8x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Eudonia mecurella
7x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana
6x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
13x Blastobasis adustella
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
3x Agriphila geniculea
1x Cnephasia sp.
2x Endotricha flammealis
1x Caloptilia alchimiella
2x Conobathra repandana
3x Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Bactra sp.
3x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Ypsolopha parenthesella
1x Epinotia ramella
1x Coleophora sp.
3x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Agriphila straminella
3x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Pyrausta aurata
4x Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella
2x Argyesthia goedartella

First a few pictures of the trap and the rear aspect of our garden looking out towards the far woodland.

Rear Garden


Square-spotted Clay

Epinotia ramella

Argyrotaenia ljungiana

Pyrausta aurata

Ypsolopha parenthesella

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