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

Tuesday 6 August 2013

A new Macro and a new Micro from the back garden

Not as spectacular as recent standards and with fewer moths this morning
all was not lost though as I found a County 3rd? Toadflax Brocade sitting
on the wall behind my trap. The other two records are from Hertford (2009)
and Bayfordbury in (2010), a welcome surprise.
I have only included species that weren't present in last nights trap.
As if a new Macro for my records wasn't enough. I managed a new Micro
aswell, Argyresthia albistria.
I gave the moths a night off last night as it has been torrential here!

Back to trapping tonight as it looks to be a warm night again.

Catch Report - 04/08/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Toadflax Brocade [NEW!]
1x Buff Footman [NFG]
1x Pebble Hook-tip [NFG]
1x Phoenix [NFG]
1x Magpie Moth [NFY]
1x September Thorn [NFY]

1x Scarce Footman
3x Yellow Shell
1x Snout
1x Common White Wave
1x Lackey
1x Maidens Blush

Micro Moths

1x Argyresthia albistria [NEW!]
1x Ypsolopha dentella [NFG]

1x Catoptria falsella [NFG]
2x Tinea trinotella [NFG]
1x Hedya salicella [NFG]

2x Parornix sp [NFG]
1x Euzophera pinguis [NFG]
2x Phyllonorycter messaniella [NFG]

2x Teleiodes vulgella [NFG]
1x Pyrausta aurata [NFY]
1x Argyresthia goedartella
1x Phalonidia sp (pending)

Argyresthia albistria

Buff Footman

Euzophera pinguis

Tatty Magpie

Maiden's Blush

Pebble Hook-tip

September Thorn

Toadflax Brocade

Ypsolopha dentella

Phalonidia sp

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