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

Sunday 7 July 2013

Moths galore!

Well things have all of a sudden picked up here in my garden with a huge selection of
species and after a high of 27c the night was clear, but boy did it stay warm at a
minimum of 15c even under clear skies, the moths were everywhere this morning and
no doubt I missed a few.
I don't normally run the trap at the weekend, but after going for a walk for more
food for our caterpillars and seeing so much flying about, I am glad I did!

Best Macro moths for me were garden first's of Red-necked Footman and Lobster Moth.
Also both Toadflax and Foxglove Pug in one night was a surprise, another two new ones for
the garden, all in all 24 were new for the garden and  were 4 new for the year.

2 examples of the tiny little Ectoedemia decentella and a single Argyresthia retinella
were both new moths for me, well chuffed!

Interestingly the only species of Hawk-moth I have had in my garden since last August has been
the Poplar Hawk-moth, where at my last house I recorded Lime, Eyed, Poplar, Privet, Elephant
and Pine
on an annual basis.

213 moths of 87 species total (51 Macro - 36 Micro)

Catch Report - 06/07/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Red-necked Footman [NFG]
1x Lobster Moth [NFG]
1x Fan-foot [NFG]
1x Foxglove Pug [NFG]
1x Toadflax Pug [NFG]
1x Small Blood-vein [NFG]
1x Miller [NFG]
1x Buff Ermine [NFG]
1x Fern [NFG]
1x Buff Arches [NFG]
1x Maiden's Blush [NFY]

4x Treble Brown-spot
1x Grey Pug
4x Common Footman
5x Brimstone Moth
4x Willow Beauty
2x Maple Prominent
3x Flame Shoulder
2x Flame
4x Dot Moth
2x Green Silver-lines
3x Peppered Moth
3x Mottled Beauty
3x Treble Brown Spot
2x Pale Prominent
2x Common Marbled Carpet
25x Uncertain
3x Heart & Club
1x Light Emerald
3x Barred Yellow
3x Snout
1x Large Yellow Underwing
2x Marbled Minor
1x Ingrailed Clay
1x Brown Rustic
1x Pale Mottled Willow
21x Heart & Dart
1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
5x Mottled Rustic
3x Dark Arches
1x Garden Carpet
1x Freyer's Pug
1x Spectacle
7x Double Square-spot
1x Green Pug
1x Grey Dagger
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
3x Straw Dot
1x Angle Shades
2x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Common Pug

Micro Moths

2x Ectoedemia decentella [NEW!]
1x Epiblema uddmanniana [NFG]
1x Argyresthia retinella [NEW!]
1x Aphelia paleana [NFG]
1x Anthophila fabriciana [NFG]
1x Epiblema cirsiana (hindwing dark 'checked') [NFG]
2x Hedya nubiferana [NFG]
1x Ephestia parasitella [NFG]
1x Epiblema trimaculana [NFG]
1x Pammene aurana [NFG]
1x Archips podana [NFG]
1x Archips xylosteana [NFG]
1x Crambus pascuella [NFG]
1x Trachycera suavella [NFG]
1x Coleophora sp [NFY]
1x Tinea semifulvella [NFY]
1x Spilonota ocellana [NFY]

3x Udea olivalis
2x Celypha lacunana
3x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Scoparia ambigualis
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Celypha striana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
6x Aleimma loeflingiana
8x Tortrix viridana
1x Aphomia sociella
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Bryotropha terrella
6x Epiphyas postvittana
3x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Hedya pruniana
2x Argyresthia spinosella
3x Pandemis cerasana
2x Crambus lathoniellus
1x Caloptilia alchimiella

Aphelia paleana

Archips xylosteana

Argyresthia retinella

Anthophila fabriciana

Ectoedemia decentella
Ephestia parasitella

Epiblema cirsiana


Lobster Moth

Foxglove Pug


Maiden's Blush

Spilonota ocellana

Red-necked Footman

Trachycera suavella

Toadflax Pug

Treble Brown Spot

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