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

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Not the migrant I was hoping for.....

Reports of a Deaths-head Hawk-moth yesterday in Letchworth made everybody very excited here in Hertfordshire, sadly the only migrant I managed was a Plutella xylostella!

A good night though last night, with numbers on the increase. Still only two Hawk-moths in the garden so f,ar but I suppose it is still early for this rather snails-pace year.
For instance Treble lines is a garden first and I have had to wait almost 3 weeks later than trapping them in other locations this year.
Green Silver-lines was lovely to see, all in all 6 were new for the garden and one example of the migrant Plutella xylostella was new for the year.

56 moths of 28 species

Catch Report - 17/06/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Treble Lines [NFG]
1x Freyer's Pug [NFG]
1x Scalloped Hazel [NFG]
1x Green Silver-lines [NFG]
1x Clouded Silver [NFG]

1x Poplar Hawk-moth
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Green Carpet
4x Garden Carpet
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
5x Common Pug
3x Mottled Pug
1x Large Nutmeg
8x Heart & Dart
3x Grey Pug
7x Common Swift
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Angle Shades
1x Peppered Moth

Micro moths

2x Crambus lathoniellus [NFG]
1x Plutella xylostella [NFY]

1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Mompha epilobiella
1x Mompha subbistrigella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Celypha lacunana

Green Silver-lines

Freyer's Pug

Epiphyas postvittana - Female
Crambus lathoniellus

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