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 5 August 2013

Another blooming successful catch!

August is upon us, and the mild weather looks set to continue, with a few outbreaks
of rain here and there expected over the next week. Today was hot and humid and with
a high of 34 degrees, it would have been rude not to set the trap up!
Despite clear skies the temperature was still 19 degrees at 6am this morning. Moths
were absolutely everywhere, in the trap, on the wall and within the long grass. It
took just over an hour of sorting. Unfortunately quite a few had passed away, possibly
to do with 4 dead wasps in the trap and a combination of high temperature and the sheer
amount of Dot Moths and Dark Arches, the latter numbering close to 80 individuals.

Best Macro moths were Barred Hook-tip, Campion, Slender Brindle and the long awaited
Swallow Prominent (having had Lesser Swallow on numerous occasions)

Best Micro moths were 3 Limnaecia phragmitella, Clavigesta purdeyi and the tiny Grapholita janthinana. Adding 3 new Micros to my all time list was very pleasing indeed.

I will be trapping again on Sunday night.

Catch Report - 01/08/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Barred Hook-tip [NFG]
1x Swallow Prominent [NFG]
1x Campion [NFG]
1x Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet [NFG]
1x Slender Brindle [NFG]
2x Maple Pug [NFG]
3x Dusky Sallow [NFG]
1x Scorched Carpet [NFG]
2x Oak Hook-tip [NFG]
2x Orange Swift [NFY]
2x Black Arches [NFY]
3x Flounced Rustic [NFY]
3x Square-spotted Clay [NFY]
4x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]
3x Copper Underwing [NFY]

13x Bright-line Brown-eye
2x Brimstone Moth
1x Cabbage Moth
1x Clay
2x Cloaked Minor
1x Clouded Border
2x Common Carpet
1x Clouded Silver
10x Common Footman
13x Common Rustic
72x Dark Arches
1x Dingy Shears
52x Dot Moth
11x Double Square-spot
6x Dun-bar
2x Early Thorn
1x Fan-foot
1x Flame
2x Flame Shoulder
1x Grey Dagger
2x Heart & Dart
2x July Highflyer
2x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Least Carpet
5x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
6x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Light Arches
2x Marbled Beauty
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Nut-tree Tussock
8x Peppered Moth
2x Red Twin-spot Carpet
15x Riband Wave
2x Ruby Tiger
2x Shuttle-shaped Dart
12x Silver-Y
2x Single-dotted Wave
9x Small Fan-footed Wave
1x Spectacle
4x Straw Underwing
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
5x Uncertain
2x V-pug
4x White Satin Moth
19x Willow Beauty
2x Yellow-tail

Micro Moths

1x Ancylis badiana [NFG]
1x Bucculatrix thoracella [NEW!]
3x Limnaecia phragmitella [NFG]
1x Yponomeuta padella [NFG]
3x Eudemis profundana [NFG]
1x Clavigesta purdeyi [NEW!]
1x Spilonota laricana [NEW!]
1x Grapholita janthinana [NFG]
1x Phlyctaenia coronata [NFG]
2x Argyrotaenia ljungiana [NFY]
2x Pandemis corylana [NFY]
1x Agonopterix alstromeriana [NFY]
4x Cydia splendana [NFY]

3x Spilonota ocellana
1x Hypsopygia costalis
2x Caloptilia alchimiella
3x Bryotropha terrella
2x Blastobasis adustella
1x Trachycera suavella
3x Trachycera advenella
1x Mompha propinquella
2x Aphomia sociella
2x Archips podana
1x Pandemis heparana
2x Batia unitella
3x Phycita roborella
2x Tischeria ekebladella
46x Agriphila straminella
2x Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2x Acleris forsskaleana
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
4x Endotricha flammealis
8x Carcina quercana
8x Agriphila tristella
2x Dipleurina lacustrata

Ancylis badiana

Barred Hook-tip

Black Arches

Bucculatrix thoracella

Clavigesta purdeyi

Dusky Sallow

Grapholita janthinana

Flounced Rustic

Limnaecia phragmitella

Slender Brindle

Spilonota laricana

Yponomeuta padella

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