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.
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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

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Garden Trap - 19-08-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Another night and another load of good species, was very nice to see a Rosy Footman, completely out of habitat so I can only assume that it is a migrant, along with all the recent migrant activity we have been having.
Mompha propinguella is a moth I have only seen a few times before, what a stunner!

Catch Report -19-08-12 -Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x September Thorn [NFG]
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart [NFG]
1x Currant Pug [NFG]
1x Rosy Footman [NFG]
1x Dot Moth [NFG]
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFG]
1x Cloaked Minor [NFG]
1x Vapourer [NFG]
1x Uncertain [NFG]
1x Grey Dagger [NFG]
24x Willow Beauty
4x Brimstone
3x Flame Shoulder
4x Riband Wave
3x Dun-bar
1x Copper Underwing
9x Square-spot Rustic
10x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Common Rustic
2x Straw Underwing
3x Straw Dot
5x Orange Swift
5x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Lime-speck Pug

Micro Moths

1x Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis [NFG]
2x Agonopterix alstromeriana [NFG]
1x Emmelina monodactyla [NFG]
1x Argyresthia sp. [NFG]
1x Caloptilia semifascia [NFG]
1x Mompha propinguella [NFG]
4x Agriphila tristella
2x Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
7x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana
12x Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphya postvittana
11x Blastobasis adustella
1x Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Agriphila geniculea
1x Endotricha flammealis
2x Phycita roborella
2x Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana
2x Carcina quercana
15x Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner Cameraria ohridella
1x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Ypsolopha parenthesella
2x Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Rosy Footman

September Thorn

Currant Pug

Mompha propinguella

Caloptilia semifascia


  1. Hi Ben ... Ticking along nicely in the new garden I see.
    Are you certain that is a Currant Pug ?
    I'm getting quite a few Wormwood that resemble that one. The wing tips look a bit sharp for Currant and the black marks along the forewing leading edge are missing...or is it a camera angle thing ?
    Nice Rosy Footman....one that has eluded The Dells to date.

  2. Hi Trent, pretty sure it is Currant, I had Wormwood a few times at a local nature reserve, the camera angle like you said is probably not helping. It was quite dumpy in appearance.
    Thanks, yes very pleased so far and i feel like im not overwhelmed with moths for a change!
    The Rosy Footman was pure chance! Must be from Europe as I got it on the same night as people 10 miles from me were getting Vestals!