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

Monday 17 September 2012

Garden Trap - 16-09-12 - Stevenage, Hertfordshire

After a nice weekend off doing jobs and visiting family I was quite looking forward to setting the trap up. Looking at the weather last night it was quite breezy but the clouds that were rolling in, filled me with some confidence!

Indeed it was all worth it, with 84 moths of 19 species this morning, including 6 new for garden species, 2x Common Marbled Carpet, Sallow, 3x Acleris variegana (both forms), 1x Yponomeuta evonymella, 1x Large Ranunculus (which was stting on my watering can!) and the best moth, one example of Ypsolopha sylvella, quite a scarce moth I believe, and one I had on my parents farm last year.

All in all a very pleasing night, but quite a frustrating morning taking photos! the Y.sylvella just will not sit still so it'as been fridge until later!


Catch Report -16-09-12 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Large Ranunculus [NFG]
2x Common Marbled Carpet [NFG]
1x Sallow [NFG]
20x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Willow Beauty
6x Garden Carpet
7x Vine's Rustic
3x Light Emerald
12x Setaceous Hebrew Character
7x Lesser Yellow Underwing
8x Square-spot Rustic
4x Angle Shades
2x Silver-Y
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Bird-cheery Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella [NFG]
1x Ypsolopha sylvella [NFG]
3x Garden Rose Tortrix Acleria variegana [NFG]
2x Emmelina monodactyla
3x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Large Ranunculus


Acleris variegana

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