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

Thursday 1 August 2013

Knights in White Satin meet Small Ranunculus!

Where are all the Heart & Darts and Large Yellow Underwings?
A nice tidy catch last night and great to get some more records for the garden.
I have decided to roll two garden catches into one as I have really been pushed
for time recently.
Some great moths and a superb boost for the garden list.
Highlights were of course a new moth for me, a Small Ranunculus which unfortunately
was in such an awful state bless it, a stunning
Broad-barred White, 3 glorious White Satin's, Nutmeg, Lychnis and Cabbage Moth.
The micro Recurvaria leucatella was a great record as was a new garden record for Prays ruficeps, easily an overlooked moth having not long ago been seperated from fraxinella f.rustica

Catch Report - 29/07/13 & 30/07/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

1x Small Ranunculus [NEW!]
7x Small Fan-footed Wave [NFG]
1x Broad-barred White [NFG]
3x White Satin [NFG]
1x Smoky Wainscot [NFG]
1x Clay [NFG]
1x Peach Blossom [NFG]
1x Scalloped Oak [NFG]
1x Ruby Tiger [NFG]
1x Cabbage Moth [NFG]
1x Nutmeg [NFG]
1x Slender Pug [NFG]
1x Lychnis [NFG]
3x Straw Underwing [NFY]
1x Vapourer [NFY]
1x Yellow-tail [NFY]
1x Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFY]
1x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing [NFY]

12x Dun-bar
1x Purple Thorn
1x Herald
1x Fern
12x Peppered Moth
1x July Highflyer
6x Common Footman
1x Short-cloaked Moth
13x Riband Wave
2x Swallow-tailed Moth
5x Willow Beauty
3x Snout
26x Dot Moth
6x Mottled Rustic
22x Bright-line Brown-eye
1x Buff-tip
29x Dark Arches
21x Uncertain
23x Common Rustic
5x V-pug
4x Shuttle-shaped Dart
9x Silver-Y
3x Early Thorn
1x Cloaked Minor
1x Buff Arches
2x Nut-tree Tussock
3x Double Square-spot
1x Rustic
1x Single-dotted Wave
1x Pale Prominent
1x Clouded Border
2x Heart & Dart
1x Small Blood-vein
1X Spectacle
1x Poplar Hawk-moth
1x Angle Shades
1x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Clouded Silver
1x Grey Dagger
1x Engrailed
1x Mottled Beauty

Micro Moths

1x Recurvaria leucatella [NFG]

1x Prays ruficeps [NFG]
1x Tischeria ekebladella [NFG]
1x Lozotaeniodes formosanus [NFG]
1x Helcystogramma rufescens [NFG]
17x Agriphila straminella [NFY]
1x Acleris variegana [NFY]
5x Agriphila tristella [NFY]

1x Ditula angustiorana
1x Carcina quercana
1x Plutella xylostella
2x Udea prunalis
2x Chrysoteuchia culmella
10x Endotricha flammealis
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
3x Eudonia mercurella
1x Eurrhypara hortulata
2x Zeiraphera isertana
1x Celypha striana
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Blastobasis laticolella
1x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Argyresthia spinosella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
1x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
2x Batia unitella
1x Epiblema uddmanniana
2x Dipleurina lacustrata
1x Coleophora mayrella

3x Phycita roborella
2x Acleris hastiana
2x Spilonota ocellana
1x Epiblema cirsiana
3x Trachycera advenella
2x Clepsis consimilana
1x Pterophorus pentadactyla
4x Yponomeuta evonymella
1x Pandemis heparana

Broad-barred White

Recurvaria leucatella

Straw Underwing

White Satin

Acleris variegana

Cabbage Moth

Small Ranunculus - battered

Scalloped Oak

Lozotaeniodes formosanus


Ruby Tiger

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