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 10 July 2013

A plethora of colours

Another great catch last night, with slightly reduced numbers as it was a little cooler
last night.
Some great new species for the garden including Barred Red (did not expect this one, this is only my 3rd and my first Hertfordshire record), Lackey, Swallow-tailed Moth and a lovely Elephant Hawk-moth (finally another species of Hawk-moth!)

Catch Report - 09/07/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Elephant Hawk-moth [NFG]
1x Swallow-tailed Moth [NFG]
1x Barred Red [NFG]
1x July Highflyer [NFG]
1x Lackey [NFG]
1x Buff Ermine
3x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Ingrailed Clay
2x Willow Beauty
1x Treble Brown Spot
4x Double Square-spot
16x Uncertain
6x Peppered Moth
3x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Clouded Silver
2x Brown Rustic
1x Common Marbled Carpet
1x Common White Wave
6x Heart & Dart
1x Heart & Club
2x Buff Arches
4x Snout
1x Light Arches
4x Mottled Beauty
4x Marbled Minor
1x Flame Shoulder
4x Riband Wave
1x Ghost Moth
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
3x Mottled Rustic
1x Light Emerald
4x Dot Moth
5x Dark Arches
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Large Yellow Underwing


Micro Moths

1x Lozotaenia forsterana [NFG]

1x Tinea pellionella [NFG]
1x Tinea semifulvella
3x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Epiblema trimaculana
1x Archips podana
4x Dipleurina lacustrata
2x Celypha lacunana
3x Udea olivalis
2x Udea prunalis
5x Tortrix viridana
1x Crambus pascuella
2x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Pandemis cerasana
1x Hedya nubiferana
3x Celypha striana
1x Eucosma cana
5x Aleimma loeflingiana
4x Eurrhypara hortulata

Barred Red


Lozotaenia forsterana

Swallow-tailed Moth

Udea prunalis

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