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

Saturday 20 July 2013

Abit behind

Abit of catch up again, having spent alot of late nights at different sites this past week.

Moths absolutely everywhere this morning and in every single hole of the egg boxes. Naturally I still have a few to sort out, but
this is the list so far.
Very warm and muggy last night, but this morning it is a little cooler with clear skies. Another scorcher on the cards!
Most of the catch was Dark Arches, Heart & Dart, Mottled Rustic and Riband Wave.
Some great new ones for the garden, and great to get the micro Ostrinia nubilalis.

111 species (64 Macros and 47 Micros)

27 new for garden (13 Macros and 14 Micros)

14 new for year (4 Macro and 10 Micros)

Catch Report - 16/07/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Fan-foot [NFG]
1x Short-cloaked Moth [NFG]
5x Scarce Footman [NFG]
1x Barred Straw [NFG]
1x V-pug [NFG]
1x Least Carpet [NFG]
1x Privet Hawk-moth [NFG]
1x Pale Oak Beauty [NFG]
1x Dusky Brocade [NFG]
1x Haworth's Pug [NFG]
4x Clouded Border [NFG]
1x Blue-bordered Carpet [NFG]
1x Cinnabar [NFG]
1x Marbled Beauty [NFY]
3x Common Rustic [NFY]
1x Shaded Pug [NFY]
1x Dun-bar [NFY]

3x Dwarf Cream Wave
1x Willow Beauty
12x Double Square-spot
13x Uncertain
5x Peppered Moth
1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Common Marbled Carpet
3x Common White Wave
18x Heart & Dart
1x Heart & Club
15x Common Footman
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Garden Carpet
3x Buff Arches
5x Snout
4x Light Arches
7x Mottled Beauty
6x Marbled Minor
3x Flame Shoulder
21x Riband Wave
1x Ghost Moth
19x Mottled Rustic
6x Light Emerald
16x Dot Moth
16x Dark Arches
1x Green Silver-lines
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Common Emerald
2x Maple Prominent
8x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Yellow Shell
2x Rustic
5x Treble Brown Spot
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
7x Swallow-tailed Moth
1x Miller
3x Grey Dagger
1x Buff-tip
1x Green Pug
1x Blood-vein
21x Riband Wave
5x Brimstone
2x Small Emerald
4x Flame
3x Small Blood-vein

Micro Moths

1x Hypsopygia glaucinalis [NFG]
2x Acleris forsskaleana [NFG]
3x Catoptria pinella [NFG]
4x Clepsis consimilana [NFG]
1x Epagoge grotiana [NFG]
1x Eudonia pallida [NFG]
1x Hypsopygia costalis [NFG]
1x Marasmarcha lunaedactyla [NFG]
1x Ostrinia nubilalis [NFG]
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis [NFG]
2x Pandemis heparana [NFG]
1x Blastobasis adustella [NFG]
2x Epinotia brunnichana [NFG]
1x Argyresthia goedartella [NFG]
2x Trachycera advenella [NFY]
2x Zeiraphera isertana [NFY]
3x Blastobasis laticolella [NFY]
1x Batia unitella [NFY]
1x Batia lunaris [NFY]
1x Phycita roborella [NFY]
4x Endotricha flammealis [NFY]
1x Pleuroptya ruralis [NFY]
5x Yponomeuta evonymella [NFY]
2x Carcina quercana [NFY]

5x Eudonia mercurella
6x Dipleurina lacustrata
3x Scoparia ambigualis
3x Pandemis cerasana
2x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Acleris schalleriana
2x Archips podana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
4x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Crambus perlella
2x Argyresthia spinosella
9x Tortrix viridana
2x Udea prunalis
1x Ectoedemia decentella
4x Spilonota ocellana
5x Chrysoteuchia culmella
2x Celypha lacunana
3x Celypha striana
2x Aphomia sociella
1x Plutella xylostella
4x Aleimma loeflingiana
6x Eucosma cana
2x Ditula angustiorana

Acleris forsskaleana

Catoptria pinella

Clepsis consimilana

Epagoge grotiana

Hypsopygia costalis

Orthopygia glaucinalis

Small Fan-foot

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