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 29 May 2014

A longer break than expected...

Well I am back after a break from blogging and mothing, another break this weekend, this time to Cornwall!
The week has been dreary and cool, but we have had plenty of cloud cover, but the temperatures...my god they have struggled to get to 12 degrees day time.
From tomorrow and into the weekend and hopefully fingers crossed next week, it looks set to warm up again.
Another good catch despite everything getting a soaking.
It was certainly a Minor night with both Marbled and Tawny Marbled turning up and a good candidate for Rufous Minor...it will be examined in due course.
An absolutely mint Brown Rustic was also a first for the year, I don't get many of these.

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana was new for the garden (strangely I thought I had recorded it last year, apparently not!)

Also a bit of migrant activity with Silver Y and Plutella xylostella showing up.

Back to trapping on Sunday night!

Catch Report - 28/05/14 - Back Garden Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap

Macro Moths

2x Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Tawny Marbled Minor [NFY]
1x Brown Rustic [NFY]
4x Garden Carpet
1x Orange Footman
3x Common Pug
1x Silver-Y
1x Buff-tip
1x Buff Ermine
4x Heart & Dart
2x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Flame Shoulder
7x Vine's Rustic
1x Pale Mottled Willow
7x Common Swift
1x Maiden's Blush
1x Brimstone Moth
3x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3x Common Marbled Carpet
2x Treble Lines
1x Silver-ground Carpet

Micro Moths 

1x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [NFG]
1x Crambus lathoniellus [NFY]
1x Dipleurina lacustrata [NFY]
1x Celypha lacunana [NFY]
1x Plutella xylostella [NFY]
1x Udea olivalis
7x Epiphyas postvittana
1x Phyllonorycter harrisella
2x Argyresthia spinosella

Maiden's Blush

Brown Rustic

Dipleurina lacustrata

pos Rufous Minor

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