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 1 July 2013

Back to the garden after a week break

A whole week has gone by since the last trapping effort in the garden, couple with being busy with work and family commitments I haven't had the time to do it, but all changed last night when I put it out under a cloudy evening hoping for some new species.
This morning a good selection of moths in the trap with the usual suspects, but it was clear and a little on the cool side.
A grand total of 13 new for the garden and a further 6 new for the year!
Highlights were Barred Yellow and Pammene regiana.

Catch Report - 31/06/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

2x Mottled Beauty [NFG]
1x Ghost Moth [NFG]
3x Heart & Club [NFG]
1x Turnip Moth [NFG]
1x Common White Wave [NFG]
1x Maple Prominent [NFG]
1x Flame [NFG]
1x Barred Yellow [NFG]
10x Uncertain [NFY]
1x Spectacle [NFY]
1x Grey Dagger [NFY]
1x Dot Moth [NFY]
3x Peppered Moth
1x Common Marbled Carpet
5x Large Nutmeg
29x Heart & Dart
6x Marbled Minor
3x Buff-tip
1x Angle Shades
1x Grey Pug
1x Pale Mottled Willow
3x Dark Arches
1x Yellow Shell 
1x Ingrailed Clay 
2x Straw Dot 
4x Mottled Rustic
1x Clouded Silver
1x Middle-barred Minor
2x Snout
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
1x Common Swift
1x Cloaked Minor 

Micro moths

1x Dipleurina lacustrata [NFG]
2x Tortrix viridana [NFG]
2x Pandemis cerasana [NFG]
1x Bryotropha terrella [NFG]
1x Pammene regiana [NFG]
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella [NFY]
1x Cochylis hybridella [NFY]
4x Celypha lacunana
1x Scoparia ambigualis
2x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Celypha striana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Mompha subbistrigella

Barred Yellow

Cochylis hybridella

Dipleurina lacustrata

Ghost Moth - Male

Grey Dagger

Heart & Club

Pammene regiana

Peppered Moth f.carbonaria

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