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

Sunday 15 September 2013

Mothing continues at a slower pace

Well not a great catch on Thursday night, but a few surprises, well mainly late stragglers and 2nd brood species.
Species such as Green Carpet, Dun-bar, Bright-line Brown-eye and Pandemis heparana.
Phyllonorycter leucographella was a new one for the garden which was unfortunately dead at the bottom of the trap. Another 2 micros were new for the year.
Also a form of Lesser Yellow Underwing I have never seen before.
The weather continues to go downhill and I am unsure whether running the trap tonight will be worth it.....

Catch Report - 12/09/13 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson trap

Macro Moths

6x Square-spot Rustic
4x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2x Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
28x Large Yellow Underwing
3x Willow Beauty
2x Brimstone Moth
11x Vine's Rustic
2x Angle Shades
1x Lunar Underwing
2x Garden Carpet
2x Common Wainscot
1x Green Carpet
1x Silver-Y
1x Dun-bar
2x Small Dusty Wave
1x Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Micro Moths

1x Epinotia ramella [NFY]
1x Phyllonorycter leucographella [NFG]
1x Acleris ferrugana [NFY]
2x Pleuroptya ruralis
2x Epiphyas postvittana 
2x Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1x Blastobasis adustella
2x Agriphila geniculea
1x Celypha lacunana
2x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Evergestis forficalis
1x Pandemis heparana

Common Wainscot

Epinotia ramella

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Phyllonorycter leucographella

Small Dusty Wave

Had a double take and thought it was a Square-spot Rustic that didn't look right, turned out to be my first ever second brood Bright-line Brown-eye!

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