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 28 August 2013

Back to the garden

Lots of moths this morning, but less variety and I suppose that is what to be expected of at this time of year as our seasons change, the mornings get a little nippier and moths such as the Centre-barred Sallow start making an appearance. 
Common Rustics seemed to have finished and Square-spot Rustics have taken over somewhat! Willow Beauty still going strong though.

Catch Report - 27/08/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Dusty Wave [NFG]

1x Centre-barred Sallow [NFY]
1x Treble-bar [NFY]
22x Willow Beauty
45x Square-spot Rustic

5x Brimstone
1x Blood-vein
1x September Thorn
1x Garden Carpet
18x Vine's Rustic
7x Flame Shoulder
7x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
6x Setaceous Hebrew Character
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Green Carpet
12x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Spectacle
1x Turnip Moth
2x Orange Swift
1x Mouse Moth

1x Common Rustic
1x Straw Dot
2x Dun-bar
1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1x Double-striped Pug
1x Flounced Rustic
1x Burnished Brass

Micro Moths

1x Apotomis betuletana [NFG]
2x Rhopobota naevana [NFG]
2x Trachycera advenella
1x Spilonota ocellana
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Pleuroptya ruralis
1x Evergestis forficalis
8x Agriphila tristella
5x Agriphila geniculea
2x Celypha lacunana
4x Epiphyas postvittana
2x Mompha propinquella
2x Pandemis corylana
1x Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1x Eudemis profundana
1x Cydia splendana
1x Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Apotomis betuletana


Emmelina monodactyla adult + pupa

Rhopobota naevana

Small Dusty Wave


The diagnostic feature - pointed abdomen. Nb. Waring Macro Book gets it the wrong way around.

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