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 31 March 2014

More species, less moths

A great catch last night and a few to bang the head against the wall with!
Firstly a Caloptilia which resembles both betulicola and elongella, photo later, but may need to be dissected.
betulicola due to the huge amounts of Birch in the vicinity.

Secondly a Phyllonorycter that I have no clue on, and looks different to the species I have already recorded in the garden, which looks to me now like blancardella.
Another Early Grey makes it my whole second one for the year! 6 Double-striped Pugs was noteworthy for my garden.

Another Lead-coloured Drab, makes it 3 for the year so far (none last year).
New for the year were Nut-tree Tussock (1), Brindled Pug (2), Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (2),
Tinea pellionella (1) and the above 2 micros to identify.

I look forward to hopefully going out on a field trip on Wednesday night as the weather looks to stay mild at present.

Catch Report - 30/03/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

1x Nut-tree Tussock [NFY] 
2x Brindled Pug [NFY]
6x Double-striped Pug 
1x Lead-coloured Drab
10x Hebrew Character
14x Common Quaker 

11x Small Quaker
2x Clouded Drab
1x Chestnut

Micro Moths

1x Phyllonorycter blancardella [NFG]
1x Tinea pellionella [NFY]
1x Caloptilia betulicola [NFG]
1x Agonopterix heracliana 
2x Mompha subbistrigella
1x Emmelina monodactyla
5x Diurnea fagella

Brindled Pug

Caloptilia betulicola

Lead-coloured Drab

Nut-tree Tussock

Phyllonorycter blancardella

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