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

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Garden Trap - 28-08-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

A great catch considering the cooler conditions at night as of late, its that time of year when no rain means that the sky clears and the temperature plummets!
Lots of additional (common) species for the garden list.
Maiden's Blush was a nice surprise as was a very tatty late season Poplar Hawk-moth.
Best moth for me was a new one for my records, Bryotropha domestica and one I may have overlooked previously.

Catch Report -28-08-12 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Double-striped Pug [NFG]
1x Spectacle [NFG]
1x Pale Mottled Willow [NFG]
1x Poplar Hawk-moth [NFG]
1x Light Emerald [NFG]
1x Maiden's Blush [NFG]
1x Dark Arches [NFG]
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
14x Willow Beauty
10x Brimstone
2x Green Carpet
3x Riband Wave
1x Dun-bar
3x Straw Dot
2x Common Rustic
10x Square-spot Rustic
9x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Straw Underwing
8x Orange Swift
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Square-spotted Clay

Micro Moths

1x Bryotropha domestica [NEW!]
1x Blastobasis lacticolella [NFG]
2x Agriphila tristella
2x Agriphila straminella
3x Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana
1x Blastobasis adustella
1x Agriphila geniculea
1x Cydia splendana
1x Conobathra repandana
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella

Bryotropha domestica

Double-striped Pug

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