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 13 August 2013

Chilly morning upon us - Still going strong!

Despite predicted clear skies all night and a dip to 9-10c, at 8.45pm it was still thick cloud cover so I promptly set-up the trap, having missed out the previous night. By this morning.... boy it was chilly!
Still the trap and the surrounding walls had plenty of moths present, mostly Willow Beauty and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Plenty of new species for the garden aswell, including Iron Prominent, Knot Grass, Small Phoenix and Flame Carpet.
Amazingly Common Carpet was new for year, and just shows you that it is never too late for a moth to appear in your trap!

Catch Report - 12/08/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Iron Prominent [NFG]
2x Knot Grass [NFG]
1x Flame Carpet [NFG]
1x Small Phoenix [NFG]
1x Common Carpet [NFY]

1x Pale Mottled Willow
1x Square-spotted Clay
19x Willow Beauty

1x Single-dotted Wave
1x July Highflyer
1x Grey Dagger
9x Silver-Y
7x Straw Underwing
1x Dot Moth
1x Flame Shoulder
25x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
1x Phoenix
2x Dun-bar
2x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
2x Snout
1x Cloaked Minor
18x Common Rustic
3x Dark Arches
1x Black Arches
2x Marbled Beauty
1x Yellow Shell
4x Riband Wave
1x Uncertain
6x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3x Square-spot Rustic

3x Scalloped Oak
1x Early Thorn
1x Copper Underwing
3x Orange Swift
2x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1x Maple Pug
1x Cabbage Moth
2x Bright-line Brown-eye

Micro Moths

1x Bryotropha domestica [NFG]
1x Caloptilia rufipennella [NFG]
1x Gypsonoma dealbana [NFG]
1x Cochylimorpha straminea [NFG]
1x Acleris aspersana [NFG]
2x Emmelina monodactyla
10x Agriphila tristella
6x Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Endotricha flammealis
2x Blastobasis lacticolella 
1x Aleimma loeflingiana
2x Evergestis forficalis
2x Cameraria ohridella
2x Bryotropha terrella
1x Orthopygia glaucinalis
2x Epiphyas postvittana
6x Agriphila straminella
1x Pandemis corylana
1x Eudemis profundana
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Caloptilia alchimiella
4x Carcina quercana
1x Trachycera suavella
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Euzophera pinguis
3x Eudonia mercurella
3x Agriphila geniculea
1x Celypha striana
1x Batia unitella
1x Chrysoteuchia culmella
1x Spilonota ocellana
2x Plutella xylostella

Acleris aspersana

Bryotropha domestica

Cochylimorpha straminea

Common Carpet

Flame Shoulder

Gypsonoma dealbana

Iron Prominent

Pandemis corylana

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