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 3 July 2013

Superb night in the rain

Well it absolutely poured down last night, the egg trays were sodden inside and out, but with rain comes cloudy skies and generally at this time of year it's relatively warm even when it is raining.
I am glad I put the trap out as 46 species were recorded this morning at 5am, with 51 Heart & Dart making up most of the catch.

Best of the bunch were Treble Brown Spot and Aleimma loeflingiana.

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

Macro Moths

1x Green Pug [NFG]
2x Clouded Brindle [NFG]
1x Treble Brown Spt [NFG]
1x Burnished Brass [NFG]
1x Common Footman [NFG]
2x Double Square-spot [NFG]
3x Silver-Y [NFY]
1x Large Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Bright-line Brown-eye
4x Heart & Club
51x Heart & Dart
1x Flame
16x Uncertain
4x Snout
5x Peppered Moth
3x Brimstone Moth
2x Common White Wave
4x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Vine's Rustic
1x Mottled Rustic
2x Angle Shades
1x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Green Silver-lines
2x Buff-tip
4x Dark Arches
2x Common Swift
1x Straw Dot
1x Large Nutmeg
2x Marbled Minor
1x Cloaked Minor
2x Willow Beauty
1x Beautiful Golden-Y
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
3x Brown Rustic
1x Flame Shoulder
1x Garden Carpet

Micro Moths

1x Aleimma loeflingiana [NFG]
1x Udea olivalis [NFG]
1x Mompha propinquella [NFY]
12x Tortrix viridana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Epiphyas postvittana
4x Bryotropha terrella
4x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Pandemis cerasana
1x Hedya pruniana

Aleimma loeflingiana

Bryotropha terrella

Clouded Brindles


Mompha propinquella

Treble Brown Spot

Udea olivalis


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